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Man denies trying to sell counterfeit Lucian Freud painting on eBay

Vincent Dyer will go on trial in September.

A man has denied trying to pass off a fake Lucian Freud artwork as an original on eBay.

Vincent Dyer allegedly listed a counterfeit of the celebrated artist’s Portrait Of Francis Bacon on the site on February 8, Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court heard.

The 65-year-old intended to fraudulently make a gain, namely £2,000, for himself, the court heard on Wednesday.

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The trial will take place at Isleworth Crown Court (Anthony Devlin/PA)

The original five by seven inches oil painting on copper, valued at several million pounds, was stolen from the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin in 1988 and never recovered.

The disappearance of the small piece, painted in 1952, remains an unsolved mystery in the art world.

Dyer, of Greenford, Middlesex, denies one count of fraud by false representation.

He was granted unconditional bail to appear at Isleworth Crown Court for trial on September 19.

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