Commissioned pencil drawing (detail) and signed contract
An artist, skilled in forgery, was paid with a twenty pound note in exchange for a realistic scale drawing of that note. Sole legal ownership of the work was then signed over to its author, Reynir Hutber. The note’s number is CD14 521111 and it has a slight tear in the upper left hand corner. The original mass produced note may now take on an aura of enhanced cultural value through its association with a unique copy. The artistic “forgery” can be acquired by a collector today for £20,000 while the original note has been released back into the ebb and flow of daily economic activity, like a fish returned to a vast river.