Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani bought seven artefacts from London-based art dealer John Eskenazi for US$5 million in 2014 and 2015. Photos: Getty Images, England and Wales High Court
Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani bought seven artefacts from London-based art dealer John Eskenazi for US$5 million in 2014 and 2015. Photos: Getty Images, England and Wales High Court
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Fake artefacts: Qatari royal wins lawsuit against an art dealer – the sheikh will be paid over US$5 million after seven ‘ancient’ pieces he bought turned out to be forgeries

  • British art dealer John Eskenazi, who’s worked with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Paris’ Louvre Museum, sold 7 ‘antique’ artefacts to Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani in 2014 and 2015
  • The sculptures, which were polished with modern tools and contain traces of plastic, were ruled inauthentic by the court, but the fraud charges against Eskenazi were dismissed

Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani bought seven artefacts from London-based art dealer John Eskenazi for US$5 million in 2014 and 2015. Photos: Getty Images, England and Wales High Court
Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani bought seven artefacts from London-based art dealer John Eskenazi for US$5 million in 2014 and 2015. Photos: Getty Images, England and Wales High Court
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