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Westboro Auctions is at it again. Chinese Fakes With Fake Receipts
Chinese Fakes At Westboro Auctions Massachusetts! Run for your life clutching your wallet.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there is apparently no limit to the utter gall and nerve of some auctioneers. But then, in my opinion, these guys are little more than online criminals and it's what criminals do. So, on April 14th 2018 an outfit calling itself "Westboro Auctions" is yet again doing an online-only auction of fake Chinese "antiques". Complete with fake receipts and old collector labels. They offer no previews, no options to physically examine the objects, you just have to rely on them for all information.
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Last year we saw virtually identical types of auctions several times around the country. Including "Altair Auction" here in Massachusetts as well as "Eden Galleries" down in Marietta Georgia. This time around it is again "Westboro Auctions". Who they are, nobody seems to know, where they came from is an equal mystery. All I can tell you is, "Caveat Emptor" and stay away.
This has become an epidemic over the last few years. Earlier this month we did a video on the slew of knock-offs being presented by a new auction house that sprung up in Roswell Georgia, which bears a striking resemblance to "Eden Gallery" just down the street in Marietta.
Complete With Famous London and Hong Kong Dealer Receipts
Fabricating old looking receipts from the 1950's, 50's and 60's has apparently become a cottage industry in the Chinese art world, complete with old looking stickers on the bottom. The problem is, of course, obvious, as the pieces being presented aren't much older than today's New York Times.
The bottom line is if something looks too good to be true you should know by now it is.
The good news is, these kinds of auctions are great learning tools for spotting Chinese fakes so do spend some time browsing them. But avoid this auction.
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