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Fine Art Donated to Calif. Private School Deemed Fake

The head of the school says the donor had no idea the pieces were reproductions and is "devastated.''

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    Fine Art Deemed to Be Fakes at Oakland Private School

    Officials at an Oakland private school thought they were sitting on a small fortune after a donation of four Chinese paintings valued at $2.8 million. Jodi Hernandez reports.

    (Published Tuesday, March 5, 2019)

    Officials at an Oakland, California, private school thought they were sitting on a small fortune after a donation of four Chinese paintings valued at $2.8 million.

    Oakland's Pacific Boychoir Academy used the artwork to take out $400,000 in loans to hire staff and build the program.

    Then last month came the shocking news: Asian art experts in San Francisco deemed the paintings fake.

    The head of the school, Summer Dittmer, says the donor had no idea the pieces were reproductions and is "devastated.''

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    She says the loans have put the school in deep financial trouble. The school has turned to GoFundMe and other fundraising efforts to pay this year's operating costs.