How to Spot a Fake


  • CNBC "Treasure Detectives" expert Curtis Dowling says spotting fake porcelain is pretty simple as long as you know what to look for—printing, weight and shape.

  • People browse through books at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair.

    Rare books are easily faked, so how does a collector avoid becoming a victim? CNBC Treasure Detective Curtis Dowling says it's all a matter of experience.

  • How to Spot a Fake: Curtis Dowling's Favorite Fake Story

    For over twenty years, Shaun Greenhalgh produced several fakes and fooled several museums, galleries, and experts, Curtis explains.

  • Pottery encompasses earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. But finding an authentic item involves an arduous search. "Treasure Detectives" host Curtis Dowling provides some tips.

  • Antique furniture is one of the most faked types of items. It could be a reproduction or you might have a partial original with newer additions. How can a collector tell? CNBC "Treasure Detectives" host Curtis Dowling goes over some tips.

  • Antique silver is among the most popular of all collectibles. But with so many centuries of items, how do collectors know they’re buying the real thing? Curtis Dowling of CNBC's "Treasure Detectives" goes over some key points.

  • Forged versions of famous paintings can make it past the experts. Curtis Dowling shows how to avoid getting fooled.

  • A celebrity or historic event associated with an ordinary item can add incredible value to it. But how do you know it's true?

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