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Original Message:   Ancient Jade, Fakes, Scandals
In an article about cloisonne the reporter discussed some of the methods for faking Ming pieces and mentioned the reluctance of Palace Museum experts to render opinions on authenticity thanks to a recent scandal involving a museum expert, bribery, and a fake jade suit.

Following the breadcrumbs, first there was this entertaining Asian Art Forum discussion of a Shang jade bear that sold for $8,000,000

http://www.asianart.com/phpforum/index.php?method=reply&RId=59403&gId=1&MSubject=8+Million+Dollar+Han+Bear&PID=59403&PHPSESSID=vfoq1pr10do554gb12brrm9jj3

The Certificate of Authenticity reports, which are illuminating as to the depth of detail experts examine: http://www.eliteauction.com/stoetzer/index2.html http://www.eliteauction.com/stoetzer/

And finally, some acerbic reports, such as this delightful piece that pits the peasants and pirates against the "experts."

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ZyhgsHNNuf8J:www.theworldofchinese.com/2014/08/the-antiques-hustle/+&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

And some tsk-tsking from China Daily about that jade suit scandal: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2011-09/13/content_13670774.htm

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