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September 8, 2013

Couple’s dispute over artwork heads to court

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He said he gave the painting to Donop for the purposes of studying the piece’s worth and background. He said he later learned she sold the painting for $75,000.

Donop said she sold the work for $75.

Reed, who often had items for sale at the consignment shop, “specifically requested that (Donop) sell the merchandise purchased at the auction as he was in need of money,” she said in her answer filed Aug. 23.

She also disputes the ownership of the piece. She said they jointly purchased the storage unit contents at the auction, and she paid Reed $235 for her share, plus $40 so he could buy gasoline.

Reed “would be entitled to one-half of the (sale) amount of the painting, less her 20 percent consignment fee,” she said. She said she has placed $30 in escrow until the suit is resolved.

Puntureri said his client stands behind the claim that the work was an original painting.

“Obviously, he doesn’t have it in his possession,” Puntureri said.

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