Indian art world is booming, and so are the fakes
Mumbai, Sept. 25 -- Two months ago, a dealer referred a Manjit Bawa painting for sale to billionaire business leader and art aficionado Harsh Goenka, Chairman of RPG Enterprises. "It looked great, was the right size and had the right tonality but the price seemed too good to be true," he says. When he delayed the purchase, the seller actually told Goenka that he could push the price further down for him, which is when Goenka ran the painting past two art experts who told him it was likely fake. Later again, he was shown an MF Husain work by a Mumbai dealer-the painting depicted themes from The Ramayana. A close perusal showed the arrows were pointing the wrong way. "Experts and research are the key to staying authentic," Goenka says, adding that certain artists like S H Raza, who died in 2016, have seen a proliferation of fakes emerge. "In fact, Raza's followers have themselves told me they would create some knock-offs for their mentor," he noted....
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