The Authentication Board

After the death of Franz West, the Franz West Archive (AFW) established an Authentication Board to deal with queries concerning the authenticity of works attributed to him. The board comprises of recognized experts in West’s output and meets intermittently as required. Wherever possible, the originals of the works to be considered should be presented to the Board.

Requests for authentication of works attributed to Franz West, accompanied by photographs and the sequence of their provenance, should be submitted to Prior to any evaluation the owners of the works must sign the Terms and Conditions form.

Das Authentication Board tagt nach Bedarf in unregelmäßigen Abständen. Bei den Sitzungen sollen die zu beurteilenden Werke nach Möglichkeit im Original vorliegen.

Anfragen zur Begutachtung von Franz West zugeschriebenen Werken richten Sie bitte unter Beilage von Fotos und möglichst genauen Angaben zum Werk und seiner Provenienz per E-Mail an

An assessment fee (currently €440 plus VAT) will be charged, which should be paid at the time of application.

Evaluation of the authenticity of West’s work requires not only a comprehensive knowledge of his oeuvre, but also a differentiated understanding of his specific concept of work- and authorship. This is reflected in a comprehensive essay which at the same time presents a survey of West’s artistic development and creations. The text also gives insights into the progressive awareness that forgeries of his works (especially after those produced before 1985) have come into circulation.

The extensive essay is divided into numerous subchapters to better present the complexity of themes and to facilitate a selective study to readers.

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