A famous painter, a wife, and exhuming two bodies

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Abstract painter Mark Rothko was controversial in life, and remains so 38 years after his death. Shortly before dying in 1970, the artist met with financial adviser Bernard Reis about creating an arts research foundation that would receive the majority of his works when he died. But after Rothko’s death, Reis, who was made chief executor of the estate, didn’t follow Rothko’s wishes. He sold off most of the pieces at a fraction of their value and pocketed the money. Furious, Rothko’s children filed suit. In 1975, Reis and two of Rothko’s other executors were found guilty of negligence and conflict of interest, and fined $9.2 million…

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