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when: wednesday, July 3 | 14:30 – 15:30 BST
Sotheby's Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE, United Kingdom

The Kiddell Collection of Fakes and Forgeries is an object handling session led by Elisabeth Bogdan.

This object handling session will provide an introductory overview of Sotheby’s Auction House’s unique collection of fakes, forgeries and reproductions.

This session is an introduction to the Kiddell Collection (also colloquially known as ‘The Black Museum’). The Collection is a fascinating accumulation of fakes, forgeries and reproductions, built up over a number of decades by Sotheby’s Auction House former Director, Jim Kiddell, and now on permanent loan to Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Originally formed as a pedagogic handling tool for auction house specialists, the Collection today continues to support student enquiry. Importantly, it also is of scholarly interest to specialists, scholars and collectors, who regularly use the Collection to further their knowledge, and who contribute to its evolving interpretation and authentication. 

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