Alec Baldwin is probably checking the legitimacy of his recent art purchases when he’s not impersonating Donald Trump on SNL. With a few exceptions, celebrities are usually never the most intellectual or cultured individuals walking around but they would like for their fans to believe that they are. That’s most likely the reason why Alec fancies himself as a collector of fine art in his spare time. Everyone else was doing it. Unfortunately, experience is never on your side when you do things for the first time and Baldwin bought what he believes was a counterfeit 1996 “Sea and Mirror” painting by Ross Bleckner for $190,000. But it was an alternate version of the same painting by the same artist. Instead of investing in laser eye surgery or a new pair of glasses Baldwin is investing in making a movie about art-forgery. All based on his mistake.
In 2016, the “30 Rock” actor sued a gallery for selling him a counterfeit of what he believed to be a 1996 painting, “Sea and Mirror” by Ross Bleckner, for $190,000. Now he’s working on a film based on a 2012 Vanity Fair story, “A Question of Provenance,” by Michael Shnayerson.
We’re told that Baldwin is teaming up with former Paramount exec and Jean-Michel Basquiat dealer and collector Andy Terner on the documentary. The article addresses the $100 million scam involving fake Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock works. Baldwin bought the bogus Bleckner from dealer Mary Boone in 2010, paying her $15,000 in fees.
A movie about art for the most part won’t catch the interest of the general public unless there’s an intricate scheme involved, a shootout, maybe a murder, and some tits sprinkled in-between. Basically Baldwin would need to remake 2011’s Headhunters film without directly stealing any scenes to see success at the box office.
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