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Truth Hunting: Don't Buy a Lie

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Forgers Can't Escape Monday, 7 Jan 2013 | 4:39 PM ET

Curtis explains how forgeries are created, and what makes real antiques stand out.

Truth Hunting: Don't Buy a Lie Monday, 7 Jan 2013 | 4:38 PM ET
Jar dated from the 8th century with forged scripts.

Curtis Dowling explains the harm in recreating forgeries and why he is on a mission to stop it.

Counterfeit Currency Monday, 29 Mar 2010 | 7:14 AM ET
The portrait on a genuine US note appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat, and details merge into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.

Only the best counterfeiters can pull off a bill that only experts can spot as a fake.

Catherine's Auction Bid-Calling Skills Monday, 7 Jan 2013 | 4:39 PM ET
Catherine's Auction 'Yodel'

Check out Catherine's impressive skills as she pretends to auction off a winged Pegasus carousel horse.

A Picasso ... For The Pigs Monday, 7 Jan 2013 | 4:39 PM ET

Curtis tells a story of a farmer who spent millions on a Picasso for his pigs – but was it real?

Do You Own a 'Sleeper'? Monday, 7 Jan 2013 | 4:39 PM ET

Learn what "Sleepers" are and how they can turn into big profits.

Meet the Team

  • Curtis Dowling Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 3:51 PM ET

    Curtis has over 20 years' experience in fine arts and antiques and he hates fakes! He is on a mission to help people discover the truth and put the fakers and forgers out of business.

  • Catherine Knebel Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 3:47 PM ET

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

  • Andy Smith Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 3:41 PM ET

    Andy is the treasure detective with people skills. People like Andy and he can get them to talk and give him valuable information.

  • Matthew Brandon Hutchens Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 9:38 AM ET

    "Hutch," a.k.a. Matthew Brandon Hutchens, started collecting as soon as he could walk. His special areas of expertise are high-end military memorabilia, swords, fine art, and jewelry.

About Treasure Detectives

"Treasure Detectives" takes you deep inside the world of arts, antiques and collectibles. Curtis Dowling and his team of investigators verify the authenticity of collectibles, artwork and antiquities using innovative technology and street smarts. Is it a fake or is it worth a fortune?

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