Fake Or Fortune? Previous Broadcasts

Portraits (Episode #504H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Apr 12, 2018 -- 9:00 PM

Of all the pictures the team sees, it's portraits that often prove the most intriguing. More often than not, there are two things that everyone wants to know about a portrait - who is it, and who painted it? Every day, the FAKE OR FORTUNE? team receives an email from someone who needs help solving a mystery. They sift through thousands of candidates in search of those precious few that have the spark of something special. The team often needs to unlock family secrets and carry out in-depth scientific research to get to the truth ... but how many stories will have a happy ending? This episode looks at three intriguing works of art. First we meet a retired couple from Eastbourne who share their flat with an 18th-century portrait of a beautiful young lady which may have been painted by society artist, Philip Mercier. Next, the British chief of a Dutch marketing firm wants to know if a sketch of a striking man with a shock of grey hair is by the greatest German artist of the 19th century, Adolph von Menzel. Finally, a Belgian couple with a passion for flea markets believe they may have stumbled upon a valuable early portrait by a colossus of modern art - Willem de Kooning.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 16, 2018 -- 3:00 PM
  • KQED Plus: Fri, Apr 13, 2018 -- 3:00 AM

Rodin (Episode #503H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Apr 5, 2018 -- 9:30 PM

This episode is about a sketch of a Cambodian dancer attributed to Rodin, best known for his sculptures, but also an accomplished artist. In 1906, when the King of Cambodia visited France accompanied by a troupe of traditional dancers, Rodin witnessed one of their performances. He was enthralled, quickly seeking to capture their sense of movement in more than 100 pencil and watercolor sketches. Today, they can fetch around A?100,000 at auction - but the market has been infiltrated by countless fakes, many of which are linked to a forger with an extraordinary story.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 9, 2018 -- 3:00 PM
  • KQED Plus: Fri, Apr 6, 2018 -- 3:30 AM
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