Hot on the heels of the sale of fake Tracey Emin paintings on ebay comes another selling scandal in the art world involving the sale of a giant room full of sunflower seeds.
The fake artist has made a direct copy of the work of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei who is currently exhibiting a room full of sunflower seeds at the Tate Modern in London.
The fake work which was believed to have sold for a sum of £150,000 was supplied from the back of the home and garden section of B&Q in Doncaster.
The fake artist believed to be B&Q employee Mr Paul Shuttleworth had visited the Tate the week before the offence took place and had taken several pictures of Ai Weiwei's work with the intention of listing it on ebay as the original thing with the further intention of supplying it from B&Qs own sunflower seed stock from the depots warehouse.
The buyer of the work was duped into thinking it was the real thing as Mr Shuttleworth offered to deliver the seeds free of charge via his mate Noel Bairstows tipper wagon to an address of the buyers choosing preferably after dark.
' My suspicions were aroused when they showed up at eleven o'clock at night tipping the whole lot onto my front garden before buggering off double quick with the cash they insisted on having for the deal ' claimed the buyer who wishes to remain nameless ' when I rang the police to tell them that I had ten ton haul of suspected fake art sunflower seed on my front lawn , the cheeky barstards told me to stop wasting police time and to not drink so much of a night time'.
Police eventually took it seriously enough to make further investigations but even now the offence has come to light it will still have to remain pending until the spring to see if the seeds turn into sunflowers or not to proove they are valid ones.
Meanwhile while the fake artist is on bail sunning himself in the Algarve thanks to the 'pro seeds' of his illegal sale the Chinese Authorites have put the original artist under house arrest.
This can only be put down to the fact that China has had little dealings in the past of dealing in cases of art forgery and haven't realised that there is no need to have the original artist arrested aswell as the fake artist.
Mr Weiwei is hoping that common sense will prevail and hopes to be released very soon but unfortunatley he will still have to face civil court case action brought about by aggreived british sunflower growers as they are preparing to sue him and Mr Shuttleworth for wasting next years entire crop.