New York Man Claims Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing Sold at Auction was Stolen from Him

October 6th, 2013

The disputed Basquiat, via New York PostA New York man is claiming that a Basquiat drawing sold recently at auction was stolen from him in 2000.  Francesco Pellizzi is claiming that he had not seen the work since it was stolen from a drawer in his apartment, until this year, when he saw the work in a Christie’s auction.  The work was sold by dealer Jennifer Vorbach and lawyer David Ruttenberg, who had purchased the work after researching the work’s history.  “It changed hands a number of times, but Vorbach and Ruttenberg are not able to trace it back to anyone who obtained it from Mr. Pellizzi,” Lawyer Peter Stern said.Read more at New York Post