(19 October 2015) In April 2013 the Alexander Turnbull Library, part of the National Library of New Zealand, purchased a portrait of a male subject, described as Hamiora Maioha, signed by G. Lindauer. Earlier this year the painting was closely examined using forensic techniques. The examination concluded that the painting was unlikely to be an authentic work by Gottfried Lindauer.
The Turnbull Library had acquired a forgery.
The error became apparent earlier this year when a conservator from Auckland Art Gallery, Sarah Hillary, analysed the painting.
The library paid $75,000.
What happens next?
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