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Storage Locker Find Leads To Art Lawsuit

OPB | Aug. 15, 2013 12:23 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

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Two Oregon men had no idea what they were getting when they bought the contents of an abandoned storage unit in the town of Independence, near Salem.

The Eugene Register Guard reports that inside the locker were 114 works by an internationally known artist, Tala Madani.

Madani studied at Oregon State University a decade ago. Now, her works sell for up to 30-thousand dollars apiece to art collectors.

But Madani is challenging the authenticity of the artwork. And the newspaper reports that she is threatening legal action if the men try to sell the paintings.

The two treasure hunters have filed their own lawsuit in Eugene federal court.

They want to confirm the legitimacy of the art and their right to sell it.

Experts say in total, the contents of the locker could be worth $250,000.

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