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Actor bought fake Heinrich Campendonk painting in biggest art forgery scandal in Germany's history

This article titled “Steve Martin victim of German art forgery gang” was written by Ben Child, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 1st June 2011 09.34 UTC

The actor Steve Martin has found himself caught up in the biggest art forgery scandal in German history after it emerged he bought a painting “by” German-Dutch modernist Heinrich Campendonk, which turned out to be a fake.

Martin purchased the piece, Landscape With Horses, in 2004 from a Parisian gallery. He has since resold it and told the New York Times earlier this week that he is not yet certain if he is liable to compensate the buyer.

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