Incompetent art forgers try to sell “Warhol” portrait of non-existent Baldwin brother

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

According to charging documents, the couple agreed to sell another man six Andy Warhol art pieces for $100,000 in February 2008. The man was told that the subject of the art was Mathew Baldwin, purportedly one of the brothers in the family of actors. The pieces were signed and dated 1996.
After giving the couple a down payment of $25,000, the man took the art to an appraiser in California. The appraiser informed the man the art was fake because there was no Mathew in the famous Baldwin family. He also pointed out that the signatures were forged because Warhol died in 1987, charging documents state.

The fact that the buyer didn't bother to check if there really was such a person as "Mathew Baldwin" before forking over $25,000 to the couple makes him almost dumber than they are.


Posted on Wed Nov 18, 2009


It's too bad the Tribune story doesn't give the buyer's name and address. I have a 2002 Rembrandt I know he'd be interested in.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Thu Nov 19, 2009  at  09:15 AM
Actually, I could have fallen for the extra brother but you are right, what gave it away for me was the fact that the painting was from 1996....Anyway maybe this story could be false, notice no names are given for any of the people involved.
Posted by mario  on  Thu Nov 19, 2009  at  08:23 PM
In my mind, we are ALL Baldwin brothers.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sun Nov 22, 2009  at  02:37 AM
let's face it, there are that many Baldwin brothers it's pretty hard to keep track. That's why their mother's euphemistically named cancer charity made such growth in such a short time . . . they all chipped in $5 and it reached $10 million from them alone.
Posted by D F Stuckey  on  Fri Nov 27, 2009  at  08:30 PM
Famous Baldwin family? Isn't that like saying talented Arquette family?
Posted by Dave  on  Sat Jan 16, 2010  at  04:31 PM
True, Dave. Almost like saying happy and healthy Kennedy family . . . :D
Posted by D F Stuckey  on  Sat Jan 16, 2010  at  05:07 PM
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