Federal agents arrested a 35-year-old Renton man Thursday for allegedly selling counterfeit Dale Chihuly art on eBay.
The man advertised glass work and paintings attributed to the Tacoma native and renowned artist on the online site in 2011 and 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. The works bore Chihuly’s signature, and the man provided paperwork authenticating the pieces as the work of Chihuly, federal prosecutors said.
“However, an expert in Chihuly’s work examined the pieces at the request of the purchaser and determined they were fakes,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “The papers that were supposed to authenticate the works were also allegedly forged.”
Trafficking in counterfeit goods is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.