Art Collector Says Dealer Swiped Pieces Worth $5.3M

Law360, New York (August 29, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT) -- A fine art collector on Wednesday said in New York federal court that his art dealer made off with $5.3 million worth of works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and other artists.

George Ball says his friend and commissioned art dealer R. Scott Cook abused Ball's trust by representing that he had put up the valuable pieces for sale at fine arts auction house Christie's and then fleeing the country without paying Ball the profits from the purported sale.

Cook — along with his wife Sousanna...
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