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Should Las Vegas create a museum of fake art?

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Could a museum of fakes be even better than the real thing?
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Nearly 10 years ago, Station Casinos Chairman and CEO Frank Fertitta purchased a Mark Rothko painting for $7.2 million. When it turned out to be created by Pei-Shen Qian, a Chinese immigrant based in Queens, New York, Fertitta sued. Last week, The Art Newspaper reported that he settled out of court with the art historian who vouched for the “masterpiece.” No word on terms, but chatter in the Las Vegas art community produced a brilliant idea: create a museum of fakes. Vegas is all about improving on reality, so this museum could be the perfect Strip attraction. First artist-in-residence: Pei-Shen Qian.

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