A French court has awarded SIR Elton John $500,000 (GBP250,000) after he was tricked into buying four fake statues of Olympian gods. The music legend bought the 4 foot (1.2 metre)-high marble sculptures in an antiques store in Paris in 1996, while shopping with his friend, the late fashion designer Gianni Versace. The sculptures bore the signature of Italian 18th century artist Luigi Grossi - but a valuation of his art collection in 2001 revealed they were fakes worth just $20,000 (GBP10,000). John's initial compensation claim was rejected after the reliability of the British experts who valued the statues was questioned - but further analysis proved they are fake and Paris' Court of Appeal on Tuesday (26Jun07) ordered dealer Jean Renoncourt to pay the compensation.