The mystery of a disappearing Rolf Harris painting came before judges at the Court of Appeal yesterday.
Lovers on the Seine, one of the Australian entertainer's best-known works, was bought by collector Dean Hardy from the Castle Galleries in 2004 and is now said to be worth more than £100,000. Mr Hardy arranged for the painting to be stored with other works of art he had purchased at the gallery's head office and warehouse at Tachbrook Park, Warwick. But it was noticed that the painting had disappeared from the warehouse in 2005.
When Mr Hardy died a year later, his family took Castle Galleries and its associate company, Washington Green Fine Art Publishing Company, to court. They won a ruling from a High Court judge that the painting had been "dishonestly appropriated" by Washington Green.
Yesterday Philip Marshall QC, representing Washington Green, argued that his clients had never had possession and that it had always been under the control of Castle Galleries before its disappearance.Reuse content