A forgery is the outcome of buying a fake painting or sculpture from Crazy Redd. In every Animal Crossing series game except for New Leaf and New Horizons, a forged painting appears as a regular painting until sold to Tom Nook or donated to Blathers at the museum, where both may identify the picture.
In the games
Forgery prior to New Leaf
It is not possible to identify whether a painting is a forgery or not simply by Redd's emotions and dialogue. The player can only tell the authenticity of a painting until it is bought and taken to Tom Nook, Timmy and Tommy, or Blathers in the museum.
Forged paintings in New Leaf
In New Leaf, it is possible to determine whether or not a painting is forged by visual inspection. Some areas of the painting will have a noticeable difference from the genuine painting. However, some paintings and sculptures will be authentic in all forms at all times.
Forged paintings in New Horizons
In New Horizons, it is possible to determine whether or not a painting is forged by visual inspection. Some areas of the painting will have a noticeable difference from the genuine painting. However, some paintings and sculptures will be authentic in all forms at all times.
- If a glitch is done on a painting or sculpture, it then has a chance to change into the real painting or vice-versa. It is unknown as to why this occurs.
- On very rare occasions in New Leaf, Redd will have 2 genuine art pieces instead of just one. These occasions can happen more frequently if the player increases their luck through Feng Shui.
- In New Horizons, some of Redd’s forgeries appear to be “haunted”—some notable examples include the fake Wistful Painting, whose eyes will open or close at specific times of the day, and the fake Scary Painting, which will change from frowning to smiling at specific times of the day. Statues can apparently be haunted as well, as the fake Ancient Statue can float when interacted with.