Emin-forging eBay seller jailed

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A man who sold forged art works purporting to be by the artist Tracey Emin has been jailed for 16 months. He admitted 10 counts of fraud and one of deception at Manchester crown court. The 32-year old made at least 11 pieces after working alongside Emin to study her methods. They were sold for £26,000 to two buyers on eBay, ten to the same Warwickshire gallery owner.

Emin herself described the works as “‘crude … The wording is corny and unimaginative and over sentimental.” They included a sketch with the words ‘I’m not broken just slightly damaged’, with Emin’s forged signature, which was bought for £1,250, and a £5,000 drawing on calico of a small bird, with the words ‘Do you know how to forget’.

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