The Age reports this morning that Mother and Child, a sculpture purportedly by the late Henry Moore, a famous 20th Century British artist, might not be real.
What a drag for the Auction House, Mossgreen of Melbourne, and the sculpture's owner, Robert Doble.
Paul Sumner, the director of Mossgreen, ethically pulled the item right away. Unfortunately, literature for the auction was already printed. In fact, I was just about to blog about the auction, which may signal (we hope) an upturn in the market.
The punchline is, of course, that the item may yet turn out to be authentic, but to be safe, it had to be pulled from this safe until all doubt is removed.
What a pain in the posterior for all concerned!