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Smiling Girl


Smiling Girl
Painted c. 1925

This fake is obviously inspired by the head of the girl in the genuine Vermeer, The Girl with a Glass of Wine. The German art expert Wilhelm von Bode arranged the sale of Smiling Girl to the American dealer Joseph Duveen for the sum of 18,000 GB pounds (about 500,000 GB pounds in today's money). This, together with The Lacemaker was sold by Duveen to the American banker Andrew Mellon, who donated both paintings to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

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