Fact: Don’t Mess With Steven Spielberg

Director Steven Spielberg was an unlikely party in a lawsuit involving the Norman Rockwell painting Russian Schoolroom. Lent to a Missouri gallery by art dealer Jack Solomon, the piece was stolen in 1973 and ended up in Spielberg’s private collection when he purchased it 16 years later. In 2007 one of Spielberg’s assistants recognized the painting on an FBI Website of stolen artwork. Spielberg contacted the FBI but was then sued by Solomon, who wanted the painting back. The judge in the case determined that not only did Solomon know in 1989 the piece was up for auction, he’d also made an arrangement to receive proceeds from its sale. Nice try, Jack!

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