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Art Theft

The key to this technique in separating who was naughty from who was nice are the background contaminants of the atomic era.

At a molecular level the background radiation of 1945-1963 presents a problem for works alleged to be of an earlier era when examined by a device as sensitive as an atomic microscope. Under such extreme magnification, at the atomic level, atypical elements (carbon-14, strontium-90, iodine-131, cesium-137, Technetium-99, plutonium-239, uranium-235), the byproducts of fission, are contaminants can not be written off as faked nor wiped from the results.

The 1986 Chernobyl disaster (so ably retold by the Sky-UK and HBO) unwittingly provided western Europe with a hidden blanket of contaminants that shall surely haunt the forgers of the recent era.

Mark Weiss, ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.

One might as well run a Geiger counter over Mark Weiss’ French fugazies.

Clickety clickety clickety click.

Only the Ukrainian red forest no go zone will be more radioactive than his rep when all is said and done.

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Art forgeries have been a problem for centuries and still plague the art world today. Last year an art museum in France found 60% of its works supposedly by artist Étienne Terrus to be frauds. A show of Amedeo Modigliani paintings in Genoa, Italy in 2018 turned out to be entirely fake, but for one of the 21 paintings.

Art fairs often have committees to vet the legitimacy of exhibited works and protect against such fraud. In the $67.4 billion art market, knowing a piece is what you think it is before you buy is incredibly valuable.

But new research has found a way to detect the more expertly forged paintings thanks to advances in radiocarbon dating

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If you'd like to hear what a Geiger counter sounds like, click the link:

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You may also like to read:

* Fugazi Warning

* It's a Fugazi!

* Science Matters

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