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Alec Baldwin settles fraudulent art lawsuit

Alec Baldwin has reportedly settled his lawsuit against an art gallery owner over a fake painting.
The 30 Rock star purchased what he thought was the original Sea and Mirror artwork by Ross Bleckner for $190,000 (£145,000) from Mary Boone’s New York gallery several years ago, but he began to question the 1996 piece’s authenticity amid claims the colours appeared brighter than expected.
He had the painting examined by an art expert at Sotheby’s, who determined it was just a copy, and he filed suit against Boone in September, 2016, accusing her of going to great lengths to make the work seem real.
In April (17), a judge ruled against Boone’s motion for dismissal and granted Baldwin’s request to have the lawsuit continue to trial.
However, according to an article in The New Yorker, Baldwin has since settled the lawsuit for a seven-figure sum. The actor has also been awarded several of Bleckner’s other paintings, including a new one that will be customised for Baldwin.
“Maybe I’ll have Ross paint a picture of the seven-figure cheque that Mary paid me to settle,” Baldwin jokes to the publication.
The 59-year-old plans to donate half of the settlement to the Sag Harbor Cinema in New York.

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