Fake works created in the style of famous artists Banksy and Tracey Emin will feature in a prestigious exhibition at Bolton Museum.
The previously unseen pieces will form part of the Fakes and Forgeries exhibition, which opens at the museum on Saturday, April 16.
The exhibition, which was created by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Art and Antiques Unit, also includes the Amarna Princess statue crafted by convicted Bolton forger Shaun Greenhalgh.
The Amarna will form the centrepiece of the exhibition, which was launched at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in January last year.
Also included will be a reconstruction of Greenhalgh’s garden shed – where he made his forgeries – and a collection of his other works, such as the Risley Park Lanx, Barbara Hepworth’s Goose, and Thomas Moran paintings.
Other objects on display will include paintings by renowned forgers John Myatt and Robert Thwaites, fake antiquities by John Andrews and forged silverware by Peter Ashley Russell.
As well as looking at the forged artwork, the exhibition will also explore what defines a fake or a copy; the impact art crime has on modern society; techniques used by police and industry experts to identify fakes; as well as the extreme lengths criminals go to provide fake provenance.
Since appearing at the V&A, the Art and Antiques Unit have introduced some Tracey Emin fakes by Jonathan Rayfern, who was prosecuted in Manchester last year and added some different Banksy fakes.
The free exhibition will appear at Bolton Museum until Saturday, July 2.
A talk on fakes and forgeries by DC Ian Lawson of the Art and Antiques Unit will take place at the museum on Friday, April 15 at 7pm.
Tickets for the talk are £5 and are available from the Albert Halls box office on 01204 334400. The price also includes a preview of the exhibition from 6pm before it is open to the public.