Van Gogh exhibit in Detroit nearly sold out as end approaches

A security guard stands near a painting by Vincent Van Gogh

The most talked about painting in America this week now has its own security guard standing next to it as it hangs on the wall of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).

Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “Une Liseuse de Romans,” also known as “The Novel Reader,” made headlines around the world this week when a lawsuit was filed in federal court in Detroit on Tuesday, Jan. 10, alleging that the painting was stolen from its rightful owner. before landing at the DIA for his “Van Gogh in America” ​​show.

Brazilian art collector Gustavo Soter claims he bought the piece in 2017 for $3.7 million, but now estimates its value at more than $5 million. In the lawsuit, Soter alleges that a “third party” ran off with the piece, prompting Soter to search for it for more than five years while he held the title.

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