One of the biggest art forgery cases ever heard in Germany has begun at a court in Cologne. Two men and two women are accused of making around 16 million euros by selling fake masterpieces.
Two hundred witnesses will be called to testify during the 40-day hearing.
Fourteen fake works supposedly by modern German artists were allegedly sold as part of the estate of a famous German art dealer. Two of the accused are Werner Jager’s grand-daughters.
It has taken years for the paintings to be identified as fakes, after they were sold through reputable auction houses and galleries across Europe. Another 33 works are under investigation.