PAINTINGS created by master forger Shaun Greenhalgh have gone under the hammer.

The three works of art — which Mr Greenhalgh has created in the style of LS Lowry— attracted interest from across the UK and abroad.

Each piece sold for more than £5,000 each at Bolton Auction Rooms.

Mr Greenhalgh fooled the world with his fake masterpieces, emulating the work of some of history’s most revered artists and sculptors from the home of his elderly parents in Bromley Cross, while they fronted the sales operation.

He was arrested in 2006 and sentenced to four years and eight months at Bolton Crown Court.

This week, three paintings created by the talented artist went under the hammer.

Mr Greenhalgh, now described as a reformed character, featured on BBC programme Fake or Fortune to offer an insight into Lowry fakes as he made a very rare public appearance.

Painted in the style of the celebrated Salford artist, the three paintings attracted interest from scores of buyers.

Alan Howcroft, manager of Bolton Auction Rooms said: “There was a lot of interest in the work. We had interest from across the country and abroad.

“Through the emails and calls we received we knew there would be a lot of interest on the day. The paintings are not copies of Lowry’s work, but created in the style of Lowry, and have Shaun Greenhalgh’s name on them.”

Mr Howcroft said Mr Greenhalgh is a talented artist.

He said: “We have sold other works by him and he is creating another piece for the auction house, but we do not know what that piece will be.”

The lots were Before Kick Off, the hammer price of which was £5,100. The description in the catalogue reads: “Shaun Greenhalgh: After Lawrence Stephen Lowry framed oil on canvas, signed and dated bottom left L S Lowry 1923. Titled “Before kick off” and dated to verso, Painted by Bolton Artist Shaun Greenhalgh b.1961 Painted in 2015. 60cm x 79cm.”

Going to Work went for £5,700 and Coming from the Mill went for £5,100. Mr Howcroft said: “The three paintings went to people in England.”

One of the most spectacular fake made by Mr Greenhalgh was the ‘Amarna Princess’, an apparently ancient Egyptian statue that was sold to Bolton Council for over £400,000 in 2003.

It was the family’s biggest sale, and they convinced the museum that the alabaster copy of the Amarna Princess depicting a relation of the Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamun was 3,000 years old.

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Greenhalgh admitted on the BBC’s Fake or Fortune TV show that he had produced and sold his first Lowry forgery at the age of just 15.