Richard Polsky Art Fraud Prevention offers rigorous support to collectors, museums, auction houses, artist estates, attorneys, and insurance companies who have encountered possible art fraud. Art fraud can take on a variety of guises: painting forgeries, unauthorized print editions (a common Andy Warhol issue), misleading investment claims by “fractional painting shares” companies, falsified insurance claims, forged authentication committee letters, and money laundering. Richard Polsky Art Fraud Prevention is the first service of its kind to focus exclusively on Post-War and Contemporary Art from the 1940s-1980s, with an emphasis on: Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, Minimalism, and Street art.
Our experience is lengthy, ongoing, and versatile. Our qualifications for investigating and preventing fraud include consultation work for the FBI’s art fraud offices in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. In addition, Richard Polsky has appeared on NPR (On Point) to discuss the topic, “Fraud and Forgery in the World of Fine Art” (see 2023 Press section to listen to the interview). In 2022, Richard was a guest on CBS Sunday Morning and offered commentary on the topic, “The Harsh Reality of Art Collecting — and Forgery.” He was also interviewed in “The $50 Million Art Swindle” documentary about the infamous Michel Cohen case.
Our services can take on many forms. These might include: strategies for dealing with galleries, auction houses, and online art platforms which may have sold you a fake painting, pre-trial litigation support, suggestions for how an estate can protect an artist’s legacy, developing strategies for insurance companies to determine whether paintings they insure are genuine and accurately valued, how to safely invest in fractional share ownership of a painting, and how to avoid being a participant in money laundering.
Initial Consultation: Please call for an initial confidential consultation at no charge. We would be pleased to discuss your situation and outline possible remedies and courses of action.
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