The Book on World's Most Famous Forger by Jonathan Lopez Published by Harcourt
The Lace Maker, a fake Vermeer purchased by Andrew Mellon in 1928, traced back to Han van Meegeren in The Man Who Made Vermeers. Imitator of Johannes Vermeer, The Lace Maker, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
I find it absolutely amazing that this artists was able to fool so many with the skills he had aquired as a copyist. It's too bad that his own talent was not recognized to give him a chance to make an honest living.