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True owner of “The Black Lion” to go to law

2011-04-25 16:48

Georgian citizen Kurman Kutateladze who is the legal owner of Niko Pirosmani's painting "The Black Lion" announced his decision to go to law in order to cancel the false proxy, according to which, the right to Pirosmani's painting was transferred to some citizen of Russia. The lawsuit will be filed with Tbilisi City Court on April 26, GHN reports.


According to Kurman Kutateladze's attorney, the new owner of the painting forged the true owner's signature on the documents. "Forging a signature is no problem. I am sure that we are dealing with falsification. The document says that I have sold a painting valued at several millions just for 2 thousand dollars. That's ridiculous", - say's the owner of the painting. He also assumes that the picture could be taken out of Georgia only illegally.

Let us remind you that "The Black Lion" belonging to a renowned Georgian self-taught painter Niko Pirosmani was stolen from the owner in the 90s. Its trace was lost; however, several days ago, Pirosmani's work of art appeared at an exhibition in Moscow. It allegedly belongs to a citizen of RF Vyacheslav Efimov.
Kutateladze flatly denies that he has transferred the right to the painting to Vyacheslav Efimov and demands an expertise of the signature born by the documents.

Let us remind you that, as was reported earlier, Georgian Chief Prosecutor's Office was going to demand that Russian return Niko Pirosmani's canvas "The Black Lion".

Georgian law-enforcement authorities are sure that the piece was stolen in 1993 from the family of a Georgian painter, former rector of Tbilisi Academy of Arts Appolon Kutateladze. It is reported that "The Black Lion" has been on the international wanted list since 2010.

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