Lanata initiated a legal action through his wife, the lawyer Elba Marcovecchio.
Jorge Lanata was the victim of a millionaire scam into the art world by purchasing three paintings that were not what they had said on delivery. The journalist bought the works for a unit value close to 45 thousand dollars and then, wanting to sell them, had a big surprise: they weren’t original.
“Lanata approached a gallery through a lady named Diana García Calvo to purchase the works. He went to buy three paintings. What this lady, the gallery owner, told him was ‘this work is an oil painting on board, it doesn’t have a title but last year we sold one very well’. According to this woman, the author was already deceased and they are works from around 1945. I think he bought two for $ 45,000 and one for $ 50,000“, reported Paula Varela in show partner (El Trece, at 11 am).
And he continued: “Jorge, happy, bought the works and took them to his crazy house. He took the oil and put them away. Suddenly, he said: ‘I want to sell’. He looked for them, someone he saw them and told him sorry, you got screwed here, this is not fair. This work is the trout, It is not an oil painting, it is the tempera of kindergarten children, this is wrong.
The works that Jorge Lanata bought.
The journalist then explained that Lanata went to the gallery where she bought the works to talk to those who made the sale. “They told him ‘look, the only owner of these works is this’. His name is Enrique Eduardo Núñez, which they would not have found today. ‘The cards are there, we gave you the certificates’They also told him that when these works of art are sold they are sold with certificates of authenticity, “he explained.
According to Varela, to settle the situation, Lanata “received 20 thousand dollars and another work by another author”. “He went home happy, but when, already alive, he saw what this new job they were giving him was like, they told him ‘they cheated you again’“added the speaker.
One of the works that Lanata bought.
As a result of this double scam, the reporter decided to take legal action through his lawyer and his wife, Elba Marcovecchio. In this way, they will require an audit to verify the authenticity of the works in question.
“They claim 46 million pesos”, Rodrigo Lussich told about the legal claim that the lawyer is pursuing.