Dutch police arrest suspect in fake Van Gogh plot

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 21, 2015 at 7:00 a.m.



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police have arrested a 56-year-old man suspected of trying to sell a fake Vincent van Gogh painting with a multimillion-euro price tag.

The suspect, whose identity was not released in line with Dutch privacy law, was arrested on suspicion of fraud for attempting to sell what he claimed was a study for the Dutch master's painting "The Harvest."

Police said Friday the suspect wanted 15 million euros ($17 million) for the painting and was offering forged documents purporting to be from the Van Gogh Museum to vouch for the work's authenticity.

In a statement, police and prosecutors say buyers in several countries around the world had expressed interest in the painting.

Van Gogh paintings, which rarely change hands, command huge prices at auction.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast