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I don't intend to live with a lawyer on my back so I will just recall the recognized fakes in museums since on the "famous forgers" page you can see a bunch of the ones that remain in non public hands.
I am not the person to state what is a fake and what is not so I will just refer to the press and external links.
The final opinion is up to you, reader.
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Femme aux boucles d'oreilles


Femme aux boucles d'oreilles (woman with earrings)
Oil on canvas, 65 x 43 cm.
signed in top right corner.

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

And a complete fake...
Yes at first view it seems to be nice, but science can see what our eyes can't see.
X ray and pigments analysis...
In Amedeo Modigliani, 1884-1920 by the Musée de art moderne de la Ville de Paris,
March-June 1981. Page 41 Dr. Suzy Delbourgo and Dr. Lola Faillant-Dumas from the research laboratories of the French museums explain under fake and attributions:

Thus, the portrait of the woman with earrings (Nº 253), X-ray image shows a disordered image, without precise drawing, the opposite to the images obtained in works by Modigliani. 
Contours and borders are made with brushstrokes parallel to the contours of the face and along the neck. (Modigliani never painted/constructed that way)

The background is not correctly worked, it is empty. Not as in Modigliani who made them live and vibrant.

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Femme brunee


261. Femme brunee, (Brunette)1918
Oil on canvas
signed in top right corner..

French public art collections

A complete fake...

In Amedeo Modigliani, 1884-1920 by the Musée de art moderne de la Ville de Paris, March-June 1981. Page 41 Dr. Suzy Delbourgo and Dr. Lola Faillant-Dumas from the research laboratories of the French museums explain under fake and attributions:

Same case as previous, X-ray image shows a disordered image, the structure of the work is not constructed, the contours are out of placement, the opposite to Modigliani's, the line has been painted over the figure, the brush stoke is formed by long, plain and dull brush work, opposite to Modigliani's brush work configured or round and perpendicular brush play.
. Lantheman (Catalogue Raisonné), Thérèse Castieau-Barielle (La vie et l' oeuvre de Amadeo Modigliani, ACR Édition/Vilo) and Christian Parisot (Modigliani, Caja de pensiones, Madrid/June 1983) show this work as an original by Modigliani.

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More to come...


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