Tony Tetro, an American artist and convicted counterfeiter, has admitted to forging some of Prince Charles’ classic works of art displayed at his Dumfries House estate in Scotland.
Tetro told the Mail On Sunday that he forged a Monet, Picasso and Dali loaned to the house with an insurance value of $134 million.
All three pieces were loaned to benefit Charles’ architectural and artistic program, The Prince’s Foundation.
In a statement to People magazine, a foundation spokesperson said: “Dumfries House accepts artwork on loan from time to time from individuals and organizations such as the Scottish National Gallery… It is extremely regrettable that the authenticity of these particular few paintings, which are no longer on display, now appears to be in doubt.”
According to the Mail‘s report, the artworks were three of 17 loaned to the house by art dealer James Stunt. But Stunt denies any are fake.
“None of these pictures have come back, they are all there,” Stunt said. “No Monet has come back to me because it is not real.”
Adding, “None of my stuff is fake.”
Meanwhile, Tetro refuted, telling the outlet, “There is no question about it: James knew they were mine.”
Since the Mail’s report, all paintings have been removed from view at Dumfries House.