We've all been there before. You spot the infamous green tent in the town square with the words 'Black Market' hastily crossed out above the entrance. Inside, you also spot - no, it can't be - the Mona Lisa?! For a mere few thousand Bells you obviously buy it, and wait anxiously for the package to arrive in the mail the next day. You run to Blathers' museum to tell him you've bagged a Da Vinci, only to find - it's a fake. And the worst part is that llama down the recycling shop won't even give you a single Bell for it. What a nightmare.
Contrary to popular belief, you can't actually tell if the paintings or sculptures are fake by Redd's dialogue. Previously, Animal Crossing fans believed that if Redd looked mischievous while describing the item then it was definitely a fake, however Redd's reactions give no indication to the item's authenticity.
However, there is another way to tell whether an item is the real deal or not, and it's simply by looking at it. Animal Crossing: New Leaf gives players the option of changing the angle perspective, allowing you to get a close-up look at each of the items on sale. Below is a list of features for you to look out for next time you go to buy a painting or sculpture. We've included the names of the real paintings and sculptures so you can look them up before making a purchase, while the red text in each entry gives you a nice image to look at.
A special thanks to thonky.com's excellent guide for the key details below.
Amazing Painting (The Night Watch - Rembrandt): In the fake version the man in black is standing to the right of the man in white.
Basic Painting (The Blue Boy - Thomas Gainsborough): The boy in the fake painting has both of his hands on his hips.
Calm Painting/Gentle Painting (A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - Georges-Pierre Seurat): Good news! There is no fake version. Buy it!
Common Painting (The Gleaners - Jean-François Millet): Good news! There is no fake version. Buy it!
Dynamic Painting (Great Wave off Kanagawa - Hokusai): In the fake version Mt. Fuji is huge! It should be in the distance and look small in comparison to the big wave.
Famous Painting (Mona Lisa - Leonardo Da Vinci): Look very carefully at this one, as in the fake painting the woman's left hand (from her perspective) is above her right hand.
Fine Painting (Arearea - Paul Gaugin): Good news! There is no fake version. Buy it!
Flowery Painting (Sunflowers - Vincent van Gogh): Good news! There is no fake version. Buy it!
Graceful Painting (Beauty Looking Back - Hishikawa Moronobu): In the fake version the woman is looking to the left, but she should be looking over her right shoulder.
Jolly Painting (Summer - Giuseppe Arcimboldo): In the fake version the man has a nose made out of a carrot.
Moody Painting (The Sower - Jean-François Millet): Good news! There is no fake version. Buy it!
Moving Painting (The Birth of Venus - Sandro Botticelli): In the fake version the shell is upside down, it should be facing upwards.
Neutral Painting (Basket of Fruit - Caravaggio): Look very closely at this one, as it can be hard to spot, but in the fake painting the big leaf on the left will have a hole in it, as if it's been nibbled by bugs.
Nice Painting (Young Flautist - Édouard Manet): Good news! There is no fake version. Buy it!
Perfect Painting (Apples and Oranges - Paul Cézanne): Good news! There is no fake version. Buy it!
Proper Painting (A Bar at the Folies-Bergère - Édouard Manet): Good news! There is no fake version. Buy it!
Quaint Painting (The Milkmaid - Johannes Vermeer): In the fake version the woman isn't wearing the white bonnet.
Scary Painting (Otani Oniji II - Tōshūsai Sharaku): In the fake painting the man is only pointing one finger from each hand, when he should have all fingers extended in both hands.
Scenic Painting (The Hunters in the Snow - Pieter Bruegel): Good news! There is no fake version. Buy it!
Serene Painting (Lady with an Ermine - Leonardo Da Vinci): In the fake version the woman is holding a fluffy white kitten, instead of an ermine.
Solemn Painting (Las Meninas - Diego Velasquez): In the fake version the lady in the white dress is very tall, whereas in the real version she is a young, small girl.
Warm Painting (The Clothed Maja - Francisco Goya): Good news! There is no fake version. Buy it!
Wild Painting (Wind God and Thunder God - Tawaraya Sotatsu): The white God is on the right in the fake version.
Wistful Painting (Girl with a Pearl Earring - Johannes Vermeer): In the fake painting the girl is wearing a brown headscarf instead of a blue one.
Worthy Painting (Liberty Leading the People - Eugène Delacroix): Good news! There is no fake version. Buy it!
Ancient Statue (Dogū - Unknown): The fake version of the statue has its eyes open.
Beautiful Statue (Venus de Milo - Unknown): The fake statue has long hair.
Gallant Statue (David - Michaelangelo): The fake version of the statue has a towel over both shoulders.
Great Statue (King Kamehameha I - Thomas R. Gould): In the fake version the man is holding his hand with his palm facing downwards, rather than upwards.
Motherly Statue (Captoline Wolf - Unknown): In the fake version there is only one child beneath the wolf, when there should be two.
Mystic Statue (Bust of Nefertiti - Thutmose): The fake statue has a rounded crown.
Robust Statue (Discobolus of Myron - Unknown): In the fake version it looks like he's throwing a flying saucer, when it should be a smooth disc.
Valiant Statue (Nike of Samothrace - Unknown): The fake version of the statue has bat wings, instead of angel wings.