A third person has been arrested in the second wave of an operation which was launched in Palma on November 27 when two art galleries were raided, 86 Picasso and Dali fakes were seized and the gallery owner and employee arrested. Since Palma police, in co-operation with members of the Madrid Art heritage unit, swooped on the Majorcan capital, an exhaustive investigation has continued with the collaboration of the Dali Foundation and yesterday police made their move on the brains behind the fake art scam in Barcelona. An expert from the Dali Foundation has spent the past few weeks in Palma examining the confiscated copies and has confirmed that they are all fake which had been on sale as originals. According to the police, one of the three suspects arrested yesterday, was not only the supplier of the fake prints, but also the producer of the items. Police are now holding three people in connection with the scam and have confiscated over one thousand fake reproductions which in the world of art are known as afters because the reproductions are produced illegally without the necessary permission from Dali. It was also revealed yesterday that the Dali copies produced in Barcelona also included Dali's signature, which is also a give away as the artist very rarely agreed to his signature being reproduced. Police explained yesterday that the prints produced in Madrid bore an Archers watermark which dates back to 1981 - but in 1980, Dali announced in Paris that he had stopped signing plates for print presses, thus the fact that the prints are dated 1981 proves that they are fakes. During yesterday's raid, 429 of the reproductions were similar to the ones on sale and seized at the Palma galleries and all have been handed over to the Picasso Museum and Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation for examination.
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