Forgery is a science–and it’s getting better all the time, to the tune of trillions of dollars. Now, a group of researchers, lawyers, and insurers are banding together to beat it with a tool borrowed from science: synthetic encrypted DNA.
There are plenty of ways that experts identify forged artworks—from paint analysis to isotopes left over from nuclear bombs—but each is flawed in its own way. And now, a pair of Serbian computer scientists say they’ve figured out a simpler way.
The passport is a bizarre and unique object. Think about it: The goal is to put it in the hands of millions upon millions of people—and for none of them to ever understand the technology that's at work in their wallets.
Mark Landis is a small, soft-spoken, 59-year old man living in small-town Mississippi. For three decades, he used plain old colored pencils, magic markers, and acrylic paints to replicate—like, exactly, uncannily replicate—masterworks by everyone from Picasso to Walt Disney while hunched over an unmade bed in his…
The identification of fakes and forgeries is a basic issue that has always raised controversy. This is unsurprising, of course – the enormous sums garnered by top paintings would turn to dust as soon as a question as to their authenticity arose.
This one billion dollar bill was found inside an old trunk in Switzerland. The trunk, marked Federal Reserve System, Chicago, Motherbox, Treaty of Versailles, had a total of six trillion dollars inside. That's one third of the US national debt!
Unless you're an art expert, your brain is completely unable to distinguish between a genuine masterpiece and a convincing forgery. But if you're told you're looking at a forgery, your brain goes haywire trying to deal with being duped.
This is Peter Paul Biro. Depending on who you ask, he's either using fingerprinting, forensic science, and state of the art spectral cameras to uncover lost art masterpieces, or using that same technology to manufacture them.