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He knew what he said wasn’t true but it isn’t true he tried to target individuals. He said things that could be checked by a simple Google search. [. . .] There was no attempt to conceal his identity or subterfuge. He had cooked up a very colourful story of how he came into possession of the item
In essence you obtained what was a pretty good copy of the original artwork. [. . .] On three occasions you placed that painting for sale on eBay with a narrative about its provenance. [. . .] It is right that no offers were made but a member of the public saw the advert and the Tate was contacted.