The Telegraph reports on the revelation that Old Master dealer Mark Weiss has been planting rumors in the British press about Philip Mould ever since the latter published a book trumpeting his exploits:
It began with alterations to [Mould’s] online Wikipedia entry, questioning the importance of “discoveries” and suggesting other dealers had made far more important finds – including the Weiss Gallery. Then, in October 2009, the same person sent a “press release” to national newspapers, falsely claiming Mr Mould was having an affair with Charlotte Barton, a 42-year-old artist. After one Sunday newspaper ran the story, Mr Mould’s wife Catherine temporarily left him. Then, five months ago, Mr Mould bought a painting attributed to Rubens at a Bonhams auction, paying £700,000 with a fellow investor, Dr Alfred Bader.
When the art press received a tip-off that Mr Mould did not have the funds to pay for the painting […], Mr Mould and Dr Bader brought in private investigators, who quickly reported back that Mr Weiss was responsible.