#datingscams | Fake Man Ray prints are hanging on museum and collectors’ walls, leading specialist warns

Sophisticated fakes of photographic prints by Man Ray, the pioneering 20th-century photographer, painter and filmmaker, are circulating a “Wild West” market, according to a major investigation by a leading specialist.

While the artist’s prices have reached the millions, Steven Manford, a Man Ray expert and photo historian, is warning that the problem of Man Ray fakes is “wrongly” thought to have been resolved in the 1990s: “Nothing could be further from the truth. Many works in circulation are sophisticated creations, detectable only with bona fide connoisseurship and scrupulous research.”

For the last 20 years, he has “regularly encountered fakes”: “Some were sold by dealers, some sold at auction….

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