Scalpers sell fake tickets for V&A's Bowie show
Around 50 fraudulent tickets were sold on the internet for the popular museum exhibition
By Martin Bailey. News, Issue 249, September 2013
Published online: 29 August 2013
Forged tickets are a well-known problem for sports promoters and rock-concert organisers, but not—until now—for museums.
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London has revealed that fake tickets for its exhibition “David Bowie Is”, which closed on 11 August, were sold on the internet, and that around 50 were detected when they were presented at the highly popular show. A spokeswoman for the V&A says they were “good quality”.
Holders of the fake tickets were able to buy the real thing for £14, even though timed tickets had sold out weeks before. The V&A reported the fraud to the police.
The show is now on tour, starting at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto (25 September-27 November) before heading to Chicago, Paris and Groningen.
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