It was rather. Amazing the lengths people (the forgers and scammers) will go to deceive, and the willingness of some people (more money than brains buyers) to suspend disbelief. Often the signs are blatantly obvious that the artwork is suspect — sketchy provenance, stylistic anomalies… and yet, and yet, people do so want to own a Jackson Pollock, Munch, Rothko that they disregard their common sense. Only later when they want to sell their "investment" does the awful truth dawn. "What do you mean it isn't worth USD17MM?" Greed and self delusion. Prime example? See DJT and his "Renoir". Edit: So out of curiousity and I often fall into these rabbit holes, I was looking at reserving the book "Fake : forgery, lies & eBay" at my library. Yes, one copy available. Great! Where? Her Majesty's Prison The Verne. Unable to place a reservation. I laughed.