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A former Franklin Pierce University art professor and her son have been ordered to repay nearly $500,000 for selling forged paintings by the artist Leon Golub.

After two hours of deliberation, a jury in federal court in Concord on Thursday ruled in favor of the plaintiff Andrew Hall, who brought the civil suit after discovering that 17 paintings purportedly by Golub were clever fakes. Hall bought the works from Lorettann and Nikolas Gascard of Rindge in 2011.

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The jury was treated to an art lecture on the third day of testimony in a forgery case involving a prominent collector and a New Hampshire mother and son.

Andrew Hall, who operates a gallery space in Vermont, is suing Lorettann and Nikolas Gascard of Rindge, claiming they sold him 17 fraudulent paintings by the deceased artist Leon Golub.

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A unique legal case is playing out in a Concord courtroom this week. Andrew Hall, a prominent art collector, has accused a Rindge mother and son of selling him fake paintings.

The defendants say the paintings are in fact real, leaving a jury to decide who is telling the truth. NHPR’s Todd Bookman, who attended the first two days of testimony, joined All Things Considered Host Peter Bielo to talk more about the case.

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Jury selection begins Wednesday in the strange case of a New Hampshire mother and son accused of selling forged art works to a prominent collector.

Lorettann Gascard and her son Nikolas are accused of selling two dozen forged works by the painter Leon Golub to Andrew Hall. Gascard is a former art history professor at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. She claims she was a student of Golub in the 1960s.

[You can read NHPR’s previous coverage of this story here.]

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There are new details in the strange story of a former Franklin Pierce University art professor and her son who stand accused of selling forged paintings to a millionaire collector.

Hundreds of pages of court paperwork were recently released as the two sides prepare for a trail this summer, including an expert analysis of the paintings' authenticity.

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New court documents reveal how a former Franklin Pierce University professor and her son say they obtained valuable works of art. Those paintings, by the New York-based artist Leon Golub, were then sold to a collector who claims they are forgeries.

This story first broke last year, centering the art world’s attention on an unlikely location: Rindge, New Hampshire. NHPR’s Todd Bookman joins Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley for an update on the case.

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A federal judge says a civil case filed against a former Franklin Pierce University professor accused of selling forged art works can move forward.

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A former Franklin Pierce University professor and her son appeared in U.S. Federal Court in Concord on Monday, accused of selling forged paintings by artist Leon Golub to a wealthy Florida-based art collector, Andrew Hall.

[Read background of the case by clicking here.]

During a pretrial conference, the parties expressed doubt over the ability to reach a settlement. Magistrate Judge Andrea Johnstone scheduled a jury trial for March, 2018.

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Between 2009 and 2011, a local art history professor sold two dozen paintings from her personal collection. The works were all by a major American artist she claimed to know personally. The purchaser was a wealthy Wall Street commodities trader.

Now, it appears these paintings--valued at nearly $700,000--may have been forgeries.