Court blocks sale of Lichtenstein work that was reported stolen 40 years ago
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Thursday 02 August 2012
A painting by the prominent pop artist Roy Lichtenstein has been discovered more than four decades after it went missing, and has sparked a legal battle to make sure the work, worth £4m, does not disappear again.
The black-and-white Electric Cord, bought by the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1970 for £750, disappeared after it was sent out to be cleaned.
When it failed to return, Mr Castelli, the gallery owner who had given Lichtenstein his first solo show in 1962, reported it stolen. His widow, Barbara Castelli, reported the theft again in 2006. The work resurfaced last month in a warehouse on New York's Upper East Side.
The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation alerted Mrs Castelli to the find after it was called in to authenticate the painting, which according to court records had been shipped in from Colombia in an attempt to sell it.
The Manhattan Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to block the sale temporarily after an application by Mrs Castelli's lawyers, who said: "We're concerned that this painting is just going to disappear."
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
- 2 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: It is only rape if the victim is conscious
- 5 Katie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge: ‘I hate fat people for making me do this’
Jessica Chastain demands Scarlett Johansson-fronted Marvel superhero movie
Nicki Minaj suffers wardrobe malfunction during MTV VMAs performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J
North Korea threatens Britain over 'mud-slinging' Channel 4 thriller focusing on Kim Jong-un's nuclear weapons programme
Olivia Colman and Mary Berry top Radio Times' female power list
New Netflix releases: Films and TV shows coming in September 2014
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain