Dali's ex-secretary fined EUR 1m for altering stolen painting

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28 October 2004, FIGUERAS - A former secretary to Salvador Dali was fined EUR 1 million Thursday for altering a painting stolen from the Spanish Surrealist. A court in Figueras, Catalonia, north-east Spain, ordered John Peter Moore, a British former army captain, and his wife to pay Dali's estate the sum in compensation.

28 October 2004

FIGUERAS - A former secretary to Salvador Dali was fined EUR 1 million Thursday for altering a painting stolen from the Spanish Surrealist.
 
A court in Figueras, Catalonia, north-east Spain, ordered John Peter Moore, a British former army captain, and his wife to pay Dali's estate the sum in compensation.

Moore was found guilty of "breaching the moral rights of the author" in what is thought to be the first case of its kind in Spain.

Moore was convicted of re-touching, manipulating and then displaying the work in an art centre which he ran in Cadaques, a village where Dali had lived in Catalonia.

The work, called the Double Image of Gala, was stolen from a New York museum in 1974.

Moore has to pay back indemnities which Dali's insurance company paid him after the theft.

In 1992, the painting re-surfaced in an art centre run by Moore and his wife in Cadaques.

It had been changed and re-titled Dali painting Gala.

Moore, who is 85, and his wife Catherine Perrot, were found guilty of re-touching then showing the original painting.

They  will have to pay the fine to the Foundation Gala-Dali in Figueras, plus costs of restoring the picture.

Moore has been locked in litigation with the Foundation Gala-Dali for many decades.

In 2000, he was cautioned by police for falsifying and trying to sell works which he claimed were original Dali paintings.

A Spanish prosecutor had demanded Moore served 11 years in jail for the alleged offences, but a court ruled he was not in a fit state to stand trial.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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