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Treasure Detectives

Curtis Dowling

Curtis Dowling is a world-renowned fakes and forgeries detective featured in CNBC's new reality series "Treasure Detectives."

With over 25 years of experience as an antiques dealer and forgeries expert, Curtis Dowling is highly respected as a leading International authority in his field. Investors, museums and private art companies hire him to confirm both the authenticity of art and antiques they are considering buying, and to purchase key pieces for their collection, or investigate lost or stolen art and antiques.

Curtis was discovered when a producer from the BBC's One Show attended one of his lectures at Belchamp Hall in Suffolk. This led to an appearance on BBC One's "The One Show," where he spotted fake Beatles memorabilia in Liverpool. "Inside Out" on BBC One followed quickly. This time, Curtis put his own faking skills to the test and successfully fooled individuals from the Churchill Archives and created more believable fakes for "Inside Out London" a little time after creating authentic looking Titanic items. Curtis then went onto be one of the resident experts on BBC One's ever popular daytime series "Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting," travelling across Europe to find bargains to sell back home with his contestants. He has worked alongside Duncan Bannatyne for BBC Two's primetime series "Beat the Bank." As the antiques and art expert, Curtis was in the race to turn a healthy profit on Duncan's money. He has also appeared as an expert on BBC One's hit daytime show "Cash in the Attic" and "Cash in the Celebrity Attic" and two series of presenting the ever popular BBC One's "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" before turning his attentions on TV back to his true field of expertise fakes, scams and forgeries with appearances on "Rogue Traders" and "Fake Britain" and Channel 5's "Live From Studio 5."

Curtis was the consultant for the critically-acclaimed 2012 Channel 4 documentary "Elizabeth Taylor: Auction of a Lifetime" and the presenter of BBC's "Hidden Paintings."


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Meet the Team

  • Curtis Dowling is a world-renowned fakes and forgeries detective featured in CNBC's new reality series "Treasure Detectives."

  • Catherine Knebel is Curtis Dowling's research assistant and a treasure detective with an auctioneer's background.

  • Andy Smith is the treasure detective with people skills.