A forgery is an article of Art that is fake, that may be obtained from Crazy Redd's or, starting in New Leaf, from a villager. Compared to authentic pieces of art, forgeries are close to worthless: they may not be donated to Blathers at the Museum and are worth zero Happy Room Academy (Happy Home Academy in New Leaf) points. Prior to New Leaf, there is no way to determine whether a piece of art is fake or not prior to purchasing it.
Prior to Animal Crossing: Wild World
In Animal Crossing and related titles, all paintings sold in Tom Nook's store, the catalog, or at Crazy Redd's are authentic, although Redd charges the player four times than how much they would actually cost when purchased from the catalog.
Tom Nook still sells paintings, although they are spotlight items and only the Famous Painting and Fine Painting are available for purchase. Outside the catalog, the primary method of acquiring new paintings is from Crazy Redd's, for double the regular price. Contrary to popular belief, there is no way to determine whether a painting is authentic or not prior to purchasing it, and Redd does not give any hints either.
The painting may be identified as fake by donating it to Blathers or selling it to either Tom Nook or Timmy and Tommy, where they will comment on it. Upon doing so, the item's name changes to "forged painting". The item's name also changes after one day from purchase, even if it was not inspected. Forgeries may be sold to Tom Nook for 10 Bells.
Out of all paintings, only the Basic Painting and the Common Painting are spotlight items, leaving the rest of the paintings obtainable only from Crazy Redd's. In addition, artwork can no longer be purchased from the catalog, which means paintings that were obtained before can only be bought again from Redd.
Similar to Wild World, it is not possible to determine whether a painting is authentic or not prior to purchasing from Redd; however, Feng shui plays a role in increasing the probability of a painting bought being authentic.
Similar to Wild World, forgeries may be sold to Tom Nook or Timmy and Tommy for 10 Bells.
Articles of art (that is, paintings and statues) are no longer sold at Timmy and Tommy's store, leaving the player with Crazy Redd's as the primary means of acquiring art. Compared to older versions, however, Redd offers four articles of art every time he sets up his tent, and determining an artwork's authenticity just by looking at it (that is, before purchasing) is now possible. In addition, some paintings, such as the Calm Painting, are guaranteed to be authentic.
It is possible that Redd offers two authentic pieces of art (although only one may be purchased). It is also possible that he will offer none. Feng shui appears to affect the probability of more (or less) genuine pieces of art appearing.
Villagers may also offer the player to buy paintings (but not sculptures) from them. They will offer a slightly lower price, although they do not know whether their painting is authentic or not, thus making the purchase a gamble. Feng shui also appears to affect the probability of paintings sold by villagers being genuine. Obviously, some paintings sold by villagers are guaranteed to be authentic (such as the aforementioned Calm Painting).
Blathers, Timmy and Tommy, and Reese will identify that an artwork is fake—the former will refuse to accept the forgery, whereas the latter two will charge the player a disposal fee of 100 Bells.
Spotting a Fake
|Amazing Painting||If the man in white is on the left and the man in black is on the right, it is fake. If the man in white is on the right and the man in black is on the left, it is genuine.|
|Basic Painting||If both of his arms are bent at his sides, it is fake. If only one of his arms is bent, it is genuine.|
|Calm Painting||This painting is always genuine.|
|Common Painting||This painting is always genuine.|
|Dynamic Painting||In the fake, Mt. Fuji is very large and takes up most of the space under the wave. If Mt. Fuji is small, it is genuine.|
|Famous Painting||If her left hand is on top of her right hand (fingers pointing to the bottom left), it is fake. If her right hand is on top of her left hand (fingers pointing to the bottom right), it is genuine.|
|Fine Painting||This painting is always genuine.|
|Flowery Painting||This painting is always genuine.|
|Graceful Painting||If she is looking to the left, it is fake. If she is looking to the right, it is genuine.|
|Jolly Painting||If the nose is made of a carrot and has green leaves hanging down, it is fake. If the nose is made of a green vegetable, it's genuine.|
|Moody Painting||This painting is always genuine.|
|Moving Painting||The fake has an upside-down shell.|
|Neutral Painting||If the big green leaf on the top left has a hole in it from being eaten by insects, it is fake. If there is no hole made by insects in the big green leaf, it is genuine.|
|Nice Painting||This painting is always genuine.|
|Perfect Painting||This painting is always genuine.|
|Proper Painting||This painting is always genuine.|
|Quaint Painting||If she is not wearing a hat, it is fake. If she is wearing a white hat, it is genuine.|
|Scary Painting||If he is only pointing one finger of each hand, it is fake. If he has all fingers sticking out, it is genuine.|
|Scenic Painting||This painting is always genuine.|
|Serene Painting||If she is holding a fluffy white cat, it is fake. If she is holding a skinny white ermine, it is genuine.|
|Solemn Painting||If the blonde girl is twice as tall as the girl to the left, it is fake. If the blonde girl is close to the same height as the girl to the left, it is genuine.|
|Warm Painting||This painting is always genuine.|
|Wild Painting||If the dark one is on the left and the light one is on the right, it is fake. If the light one is on the left and the dark one is on the right, it is genuine.|
|Wistful Painting||If her hat is red, it is fake. If her hat is blue, it is genuine.|
|Worthy Painting||This painting is always genuine.|
|Ancient Statue||If its eyes are open, it is fake. If its eyes are closed, it is genuine.|
|Beautiful Statue||If she has long hair down to her shoulders, it is fake. If her hair goes down to cover only her ears, it is genuine.|
|Gallant Statue||If there is cloth hanging down his right shoulder, it is fake. If his right shoulder is bare, it is genuine.|
|Great Statue||If his hand is level with his shoulder, it is fake. If it is higher, it is genuine.|
|Motherly Statue||If there is only one child below the wolf, it is fake. If there are two children, it is genuine.|
|Mystic Statue||If her hat is spherical, it is fake. If her hat is cylindrical, it is genuine.|
|Robust Statue||If he is holding a UFO, it is fake. If he is holding a smooth disc, it is genuine.|
|Valiant Statue||If it has bat wings, it is fake. If it has feathery angel wings, it is genuine.|
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- "Crazy Redd is offering both the Flowery Painting (which is always authentic) and the Wistful Painting (which has a blue hat, hence it is authentic)." — Sillysnakesstudios - SSS, ACNL: Crazy Redd has something "crazy" and a new look at my newest resident!, YouTube , Published: Oct. 1, 2013
- "I've had Redd come in and all his paintings/statues were fake before so it can't be impossible. It's only ever happened once though. I looked over all the real/fake pictures online dozens of times to make sure that I wasn't just missing something. But I wasn't. Every single piece of art he had that day was fake." — Officer Berri, Thread: Redd's Art All Fakes?, The Bell Tree Forums , Published: Oct. 30, 2013
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