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Lollipop Tree Suit Settled

Lollipop Tree Suit Settled

On July 31 LAILA Company International Ltd., d.b.a. Connery & Associates Fine Art International, and Adrien Meyer filed a notice of voluntary dismissal in federal court, ending the lawsuit the pair had filed against Nadeau’s Auction Gallery in connection with the sale of Lollipop Tree, an oil on board painting cataloged as by Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920). It had sold for $1,080,000 at Nadeau’s in Windsor, Connecticut, on January 1.

On June 22 the suit was filed alleging that the painting is a forgery. The artist, almost 100, initially confirmed that he had painted the million-dollar picture. Three months later, Thiebaud retracted that claim, and the suit was filed.

In a July 11 letter to the judge, Nadeau’s attorney, Megan E. Noh, noted that “Settlement discussions are well underway, and the parties hope that this case will be resolved without further burden to this Court.”

Originally published in the October 2018 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2018 Maine Antique Digest

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