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Season 7 / Episode 3 and airs on 26 August 2018 19:00
Journalist Fiona Bruce teams up with art expert Philip Mould to investigate mysteries behind paintings.
Art series with Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould. Fake or Fortune returns with one of the most challenging cases the team has ever encountered. Can art detectives Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce prove that a painting of a man in a black cravat is one of the first pictures ever painted by celebrated and controversial British artist Lucian Freud, even though Freud himself denied painting it? London-based designer Jon Turner is eager to prove that a painting he inherited from two friends is in fact an early portrait painted by Freud whilst at art school in 1939. If it's genuine, it could be worth around half a million pounds. But who is the mysterious man in the portrait - and why did Freud deny it was his work? As the team hunt for clues, they are drawn into a world of feuds, rivalries and intrigue. Can those who knew Freud best help unlock the painting's secrets?
In the second episode, the team are on the trail of what could be a long-lost masterpiece by French painter Paul Delaroche.
Art dealer Neil Wilson's quest to prove it was genuine was tragically cut short when he died of a brain tumour, but his widow Becky wants the team to finish the job. Could the picture have been a treasured possession of Marie Amelie, the last Queen of France?
An enchanting sketch of a dancer believed to have been drawn by Auguste Rodin, the world's most famous sculptor, is the subject of the third episode.
Alice Thoday, a Lincolnshire resident with Belgian roots, inherited the rare watercolour from her mother. It could be worth over £100,000 - but the trouble is, Rodin is one of the world's most faked artists.
Every year, the Fake or Fortune team receive hundreds of requests for help from the owners of mysterious portraits. Everyone wants to know two things - who is it and who painted it? The team choose three of the most promising portraits to investigate further - a portrait of a child, believed to be by prized modern artist Willem de Kooning, a portrait of a young lady, attributed to 18th century society painter Philip Mercier and a portrait of a formidable looking man, said to be by 19th century German master Adolph von Menzel. Philip Mould takes on the de Kooning case, meeting Belgian owners Jan and Chris Starckx. Fiona Bruce wants to know how an 18th century portrait of a lady ended up in the flat of Richard and Jenny Williams, a retired couple in Eastbourne. The investigation into the portrait of 'The Old Gentleman' takes an unexpected turn when the team delve into the story of owner Lance Miller's grandfather.
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