LONDON – Prince Charles is involved in a scandal involving allegedly fake works of art in a Scottish magnificent home that he helped save.
British tabloid Daily Mail reported on Sunday that 50 million pounds ($ 64.7 million) by Claude Monet painted lilies, a Pablo Picasso painting of 42 million pounds ($ 54.3 million) and a painting of Salvador Dali worth £ 12m exhibited at the Dumfries House has been removed from the mansion for questions asked about their authenticity
The newspaper claims that the works of art are among 17 paintings on loan at a country house in Ayrshire, which acts as the seat of the Prince's Foundation, benefit Prince Charles' organization.
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The charity acknowledged that there were now questions about the origin of works of art.
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"The House of Dumfries accepts artwork from time to time from individuals and organizations such as the Scottish National Gallery," a spokesman for the Prince's Foundation told NBC News in an email statement, "It is extremely regrettable that the authenticity of these paintings
The Foundation adds that the number of paintings in question is "significantly less than 17". does not specify what specific paintings are in question.
Dumfries House is considered "one of the most beautiful magnificent homes in the UK" and invites visitors to explore the 18th-century mansion, spread over 2000 acres of land all year long.
On his website, Dumfries House is described as being "rescued" by the Prince in 2007.
It says Prince Charles used 20 million pounds ($ 25.9 million) of money from his own charitable foundation and personally brokered a £ 45 million ($ 58.2 million) deal to secure the house and its unique collection of furniture.
The foundation told NBC News that it is common practice for paintings to be lent to historic homes, and this is especially so at Dumfries House since the original collection does not include many works of art.
The Dumfries House is not promoted as a visitor attraction based on its works of art, and the foundation has stated that it is not responsible for verifying the authenticity of the paintings.
American counterfeiter Tony Tetro, known for making copies of well-known works of art, told the Daily Mail that he believes that three of his works are among Dumfries' 17 loan houses, including fake Monet.
NBC News contacted Tetro for comment.
The Daily Mail says Stunt disputes the allegations, quoting him as saying, "None of my things are false."