Two art collectors allege that a New York-based gallery swindled them of four paintings by Norman Rockwell, the Courthouse News Service reports.
The collectors—Larry Kritcher, of Florida, and Eve Thyrum, of Texas—claim that in 1995, they consigned five paintings to Manhattan gallery Illustration House, the defendant, and while one was sold in 1996 for $9,000, of which Mr. Kritcher and Ms. Thyrum received $7,785, they haven’t heard a peep from the art dealer about the other four works for 16 years.
The 100 lots in Christie’s Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture sale on May 16 range from $10,000 to $3 million. Christie’s is expecting the sale to exceed $22 million in total.
This week The New Yorker‘s Talk of the Town section sat down with Lynda Gunn, who in 1963 served as the model for the girl in Norman Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With. That painting depicts the story of Ruby Bridges, who became the first African-American girl to enroll in an all-white Southern elementary school in 1960. The painting is currently on loan to The White House, where it hangs at the request of President Obama.