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Painting in the style of Max Pechstein, Seine mit Brucke und Frachtkahnen, 1908, sold for DM 320,000, Lempertz, Cologne, May 31, 2001
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JÄGERS COLLECTION FORGERS GO ON TRIAL
IN COLOGNE

by Henrike von Spesshardt



A number of people in Germany and other countries have been duped by what we can call the Jägers Collection Forgery Ring: auction houses, including Christie's and Lempertz; modern art scholars such as Werner Spies; and well-heeled collectors like the German industrialist Reinhold Würth, the Italian publisher Daniele Filipacchi (who paid €5.5 million for a bogus version of Max Ernst’s La Fôret) and the actor Steve Martin (who forked out around $700,000 in 2004 for a fake  Heinrich Campendonk painting).

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