As we flock to the safety of virtual worlds to escape the unpleasant reality that surrounds us, we don’t expect to encounter the darker corners of crime-hit humanity. Not even Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2020 is safe from the coppery, cunning claws of resident mafioso, Redd.
If you haven’t got a Nintendo Switch, but still feel strongly about the black art market, fear not we have you covered. Not fakes, no foxes, just the real deal from a collection of contemporary artists: Create a Painting!
1. How to buy art
The aptly–named fox doesn’t do any favours for the city-dwelling species around the world, as he truly endorses their seedy stereotype. In order to buy art from the wily vendor, you’ll need to have donated at least sixty items to the museum (including the five given to Tom Nook at the start and the fifteen given to Blathers in order to open the museum). When entering his tenebrous trawler, it will be a near-impossible task to tell the difference between a fake rendition of Starry Night and the real deal.
2. How to tell the difference between a real painting and a fake.
Redd sells four pieces of art at a time, which, you guessed it, could all risk being fake. Therefore, if you’re not in the mood to risk it all, you can always settle for that questionable jar of protein powder instead, or check out this definitive list of every real and fake painting in Animal Crossing.
After purchasing your fake art, you might find yourself in an aesthete’s paradise where your innocent virtual world suddenly embodies an eerie scene from Dorian Gray. If it wasn’t bad enough being sold a fake painting, you’re also treated with it being haunted, unsellable and non-refundable with no chance of catching the fox Redd-handed. So if Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring suddenly starts winking at you, you haven’t lost your mind to a quarantine-induced frenzy, you’ve just been sold a counterfeit… phew!