Steve Martin Bought Fake Painting: Spiegel

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The scope of what is believed to be Germany's biggest art forgery scandal since World War II has reached as far as Hollywood, Spiegel Online reports.

The Heinrich Campendonk painting, Landscape With Horses is believed to be a forgery. American actor Steve Martin bought the paintings in 2004 and later sold it at a loss of some 200,000 euros, Spiegel Online said.

German police believe that Martin played a minor role as a victim in what may be Germany's biggest-ever art forgery scandal. According to investigators at Berlin's state criminal police office (LKA), the art lover purchased what he believed to be a 1915 work by the German-Dutch modernist painter Heinrich Campendonk.

He bought the colorful canvas from the Paris gallery Cazeau-Béraudière for what would have been considered the bargain price of an estimated €700,000 (around $850,000 at the time) in July 2004, Spiegel Online continued.

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