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    Forgeries of greater and lesser works of art and antiquities - to be shown in an exhibition at London's British Museum - Feb 2 - were filmed at a preview, Feb 1.

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    Forgeries of greater and lesser works of art and antiquities - to be shown in an exhibition at London's British Museum - Feb 2 - were filmed at a preview, Feb 1.

    One of the more recent art forgeries on show is a painting by Van Meegeren, copied about 1940 from an original by the Dutch painter Dirk Van Baburon (1570-1625) and bearing the "original" signature.

    A letter from William Shakespeare to the Earl of Southampton was exposed in 1796 as a forgery by William Henry Ireland.

    Two "mermaids" were found to be constructed out of the upper body of a monkey and the tail of a fish. For centuries, people believed in the existence of such creatures and in the genuineness of this "evidence". Modern X-rays show the wires holding the fakes together.

    Finally, an "ancient" sarcophagus, thought to have come from Ceveteri, the classical Caere. It was bought in 1873 and banned from the Museum in 1936, when it was found to be a fake by Pietro and Enrico Penelli, who worked as restorers of antiquities in Rome.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA34VEYUWTAJFOPIX32RQTVMYNF
    Media URN:
    VLVA34VEYUWTAJFOPIX32RQTVMYNF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/02/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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