Newsletter #139

February 4, 2001

Greetings Accumulators!

It's been a wild and woolly weekend, as we've been involved in family matters. A gray and quiet Sunday morning - perfect for staying in!

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. police have charged Dewey Lane Moore, 69, with mail fraud. The arrest is based on chrages that Moore tried to sell around 300 forged paintings and sculptures, most poorly done, and some with misspelled artists' signatures. Moore claims he bought all the works at flea markets. Some of the fakes he's allegedly tried to sell are "Mother and Child" by Picasso, "Poppy" by Georgia O'Keefe, "Bird" by Brancusi, and some Winslow Homer paintings. A couple of clues that all was not right with the works: Homer's name was spelled "Windslow", and the Picasso was being offered for sale at only $40,000. Oh, and "Bird" was offered in wood, a medium Brancusi never used for that series. Add to all this the fact that several paintings were the wrong size, and you have a pretty suspicious sale going on. The FBI shut it down. Another strange twist to the story: the FBI shut down the sale in 1996, and Moore was charged January 5, 2001. Guess they were just being very, very thorough or they were just very, very busy.

Anna Eakes, an elderly antiques dealer in Durham, NC, was not amused when Durham County Sheriff's detective Stokes Barnes showed up in her shop and said she was selling stolen merchandise. He was referring to a crock Mrs. Eakes was selling on eBay for a consignor. The crock was being claimed as stolen property by Joel Schatzberg of Greenwich, CT., who said it was taken from his home in 1986. He found it for sale on eBay and called police. Now the plot thickens. Mrs. Eakes had already refused to turn the crock over to Greenwich police, when Barnes showed up at her place. He was greeted at the door by Eakes' sister, Dorothy McLean, who told him he couldn't see Eakes because she was recuperating from surgery. She told him he couldn't see the crock either, so it might be a good idea for him to go on home. Barnes returned with a search warrant the next day, but McLean physically blocked the doorway. It was only when Barnes told her he'd search the entire shop unless she turned over the crock, that she did so. The crock is now in the police evidence room waiting for the original owner's daughter to pick it up. The law states that if the original owner discovers a stolen item, the new owner has to return it. Schatzberg kept photographic records of every item in his collection. Not a bad idea. No report on the two aged outlaws and what they told their consignor.

Jerry Lewis, proof that the French have no reason to look down their noses at American taste, is suing a former employee for trying to sell memorabilia that Lewis says belongs to him. reports that Lewis' company, JAS Productions, filed suit in Los Angeles against David Schultheiss for unauthorized use of his name, photograph and likeness, and misappropriation of his right of publicity. Schultheis worked for Lewis in 1982, a job that gave him access to various items of memorabilia. This gets better: this isn't the first time Lewis caught this guy selling his stuff! In 1982 Schultheiss was caught trying to sell kinescopes of Lewis' 1960s TV show and 16mm prints of the Colgate Comedy Hour. Schultheis signed an affidavit admitting to his guilt, but was caught again in 1985 and 1990, doing the same thing. Now, he's been allegedly offering rare posters and footage for sale on The Movie Exchange internet site. No wonder Jerry's ticked off!

If you think it would be just dandy to have a street named for you, contact the mayor of Dublin, CA immediately. They're auctioning off street names to raise money for the rapidly growing city. The town is about 45 minutes northeast of San Francisco, and there are plenty of streets left. Don't procrastinate, though. They're going fast.

There are some great films on cable today, Accumulators, so we may just stay in. I hope it's warmer, sunnier, more fun-filled where you are, and that you can get out there and find a prize somewhere. I'll be working hard on this new venture, about which I'll let you know as soon as it's ready. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!


2001 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #139
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464


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