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One Dot At A Time, Lichtenstein Made Art Pop

Roy Lichtenstein is best known for his dotted, angst-filled comics featuring beautiful ladies in distress. But a major retrospective at the National Gallery shows that the painter found inspiration beyond the comic-book world; he also paid his respects to the masters — Picasso, Monet and more.
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Wealthy Use Art Collections As Way To A Better Loan

All loans require collateral. If you don't pay your mortgage, the bank takes your house. If you don't keep up your car payments, there goes your car. Now some wealthy individuals are increasingly taking out loans from auction houses, like Sotheby's. If they default — there goes their art collection. Audie Cornish talks with Marion Maneker, publisher of Art Market Monitor, about the practice.
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Police Uncover Renoir Painting Theft Report

The story of the flea market find that turned out to be the work of a French Impressionist continues to unfold.

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Buyer Of $7 Renoir Painting May Not Profit After All

Melissa Block talks to Ian Shapira of The Washington Post. He reported that the Renoir painting found at a flea market — and purchased for $7 — was actually stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art more than 60 years ago.
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Renoir Found At Flea Market May Be Real, But It's Also Stolen

Turns out that a Renoir painting purchased for $7 in West Virginia wasn't just lost — it was stolen. Documents show it vanished from a Baltimore museum six decades ago. Its planned auction has been put on hold, and the FBI is investigating.
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Is This An Early 'Mona Lisa?'

A Swiss foundation claims to have evidence of an earlier version. Skeptics say they need more proof.

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