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Fake or Fortune?

Denise and Philip Mould Fake or Fortune April 2016

DNA Analysis at King’s appeared on a recent episode of the BBC’s Fake or Fortune programme, which investigates the authenticity of notable artworks. Forensic techniques play an important part of the BBC team’s assessment of a paintings provenance.

 In the hunt to discover the authenticity of a painting which was suspected to be by Lucien Freud, DNA Analysis at King’s scientists were brought in to undertake some testing on a piece of hair lifted from the canvas. The painting of a man in a black cravat, was allegedly one of Freud’s earliest works whilst at art school in 1939, however he had always denied painting it.  

 Find full details about the episode and when it is available to watch on the BBC website.