Chinese masterpieces stolen, only to be replaced by fakes — and then the fakes are stolen too

At the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, it has become so routine to steal masterworks that even the fake paintings used to replace them are being stolen, too. The scandal came to light as the chief librarian himself was accused of taking more than 140 paintings from the galleries and replacing them with fakes he painted.

"I realized someone else had replaced my paintings with their own because I could clearly discern that their works were terribly bad," the librarian, Xiao Yuan, 57, told...

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