Appraisal

Lee Ufan declares all 13 works authentic

In a surprising turn of events, renowned modern artist Lee Ufan declared all 13 suspected forgeries of his works to be authentic, contrary to the conclusion of a yearlong investigation by police experts.

Lee’s verdict that the 13 pieces confiscated by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency are real comes after two examinations over Monday and Wednesday and contradicts the conclusion drawn by police that the paintings are forgeries after appraisals were made by the National Forensic Service and civilian art experts.

On Wednesday, Lee appeared before Seoul police for the second time this week, carrying two catalogues of his art and a magnifying glass. About four hours later, he emerged from the station declaring that the works were without a doubt authentic.

“I concluded that there is not anything strange with a single piece,” said Lee. “The use of breath, rhythm and colour were all my techniques.”

Antiques Roadshow accidentally appraised a high school art project at US$50,000

Sometimes even Antiques Roadshow makes a mistake: An face jug that the show appraised at US$50,000 last year, calling it “bizarre and wonderful” and assigning it to the late 19th or early 20th century, was actually made in an Oregon high school art class in the ‘70s. The artist, a Bend, Oregon horse trainer named Betsy Soule, came forward after a friend recognised her piece on the show. It has since been re-appraised for between US$3,000 and US$5,000.