Fine Art/Picasso Lithograph
Mark wrote at 2012-04-07 23:14:51
I purchased the exact same image from Hang-Ups Art Enterprises, Inc. at a church fundraiser in the early 1990's. It may be a fake Picasso.
Take a look at the following: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/1996/01/hangup.shtm
Defendants In FTC Art Fraud Case To Pony Up $150,000 For Redree To Consumers Who Brought Counterfeit Prints (1996)
Hang-Ups Art Enterprises, Inc. and its president, Max Klein, have agreed to pay $150,000 into a fund to be distributed to consumers who bought allegedly fake prints from them, as part of a settlement of Federal Trade Commission charges. The settlement the FTC has negotiated with these defendants also contains strong prohibitions against false claims about the nature of any artwork they sell in the future.
According to the FTC's complaint in this case, Hang-Ups and Klein bought and sold purported limited-edition prints attributed to well-known artists, such as Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso. The complaint alleged that the defendants conducted public auctions, and auctions for charity or fundraising purposes for churches, schools and other organizations, throughout the western United States. They allegedly represented that the prints were the work of the named artists or that they were authorized by the artist; hand-signed by the artist, and part of limited editions of prints by the artist. These representations were all false, the FTC charged.