UK buyer may see 'Chagall' painting burned as fake

Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — A British collector may see an expensive painting burned because a French committee has determined it is not an authentic work by Marc Chagall.

Art lover Martin Lang told BBC radio Monday he still hopes the painting will be returned.

He bought the painting for 100,000 pounds in 1992 believing it to be an authentic Chagall. His son recently called in experts from a BBC show to determine if it was real.

When it was sent to the Chagall Committee in Paris for a final ruling, the committee said it was a fake and would be destroyed under French law.

The committee is run by Chagall's grandchildren to protect his legacy.

BBC host Fiona Bruce said Lang was not told that his painting would be destroyed if not authentic.