The verdict is in and a former Thunder Bay corrections officer is out millions.
A judge in Chicago has ruled that a celebrated Scottish-born artist did not paint a landscape that was once valued at more than $10-million. The owner of the disputed painting, 62 year old Robert Fletcher, who now lives in Sault Ste. Marie, sued in U.S. court for millions in damages when the artwork’s sale price tanked after Scottish artist Peter Doig said he didn’t paint it. Doig’s work typically sells for millions.
Fletcher bought the landscape for $100 in the 1970s and insisted the desert landscape was by Doig – even though signature on the back is spelled and pronounced differently.
One of Fletcher’s lawyers says with authenticity established, the painting is essentially worthless