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Fake Paintings 81 and Ill, Dali Still Confounds
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Apr 16, 1986
Start Page: 1
Section: 1; Metro Desk
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The three people closest to Dali now are [Robert Descharnes], who commutes between [Figueras] and his apartment in Paris; Miguel Domenech, a Madrid lawyer, and painter Antoni Pitxot, son of an old friend of Dali. Pitxot lives in nearby Cadaques and sees Dali almost every afternoon. Dali has shown his gratitude by alloting an entire floor of the Dali museum to the works of Pitxot.

In February, a New York County grand jury indicted seven people on charges of selling fake Dali lithographs. Customers were sold photographic reproductions of Dali works-worth about as much as a $10 poster-for $3,000 each. But these indictments barely touched the problem. Michael Stout, a New York lawyer who represents Dali, has estimated that $625-million worth of fake Dali lithographs have been sold in the United States in the last few years.

In 1960, Ramon Guardiola Rovira, the mayor of Figueras, asked Dali to donate a few paintings to Figueras so that the town museum could have a Dali room. Dali went further than that. He promised to donate enough of his works to fill a whole museum and proposed that the Municipal Theater, destroyed by fire in the Spanish Civil War, be rebuilt to house a Dali museum. The theater had sentimental significance since some paintings of Dali had been exhibited there when he was a student of 14 years of age.

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