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Oddly Enough

Fake Picasso anyone? Austrian police search for fraud victims

VIENNA (Reuters) - Art lovers who suspect they might have bought forged Pablo Picasso paintings should contact the Austrian police, who are looking for victims of a Serbian art fraud gang.

The group operated out of a Viennese cafe, offering clients several fake Picassos, along with forged certificates of authenticity, police in the Austrian capital said on Tuesday.

They demanded 300,000 euros (£239,615) for one work.

The gang was arrested earlier this year, the police statement said, but it was not immediately clear how many people might have fallen for the counterfeits.

Reporting By Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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