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Trial over Jasper Johns art ends with guilty plea

January 27, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York foundry owner has admitted lying about the authenticity of a sculpture of Jasper Johns' classic 1960 "Flag" painting.

Brian Ramnarine (RAM'-nah-reen) pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud Monday in Manhattan federal court. The plea interrupted a trial that began last week.

Ramnarine's skills with liquid metal made him a favorite of artists in the 1980s.

He agreed not to challenge any sentence of 10 years or less in prison as part of a plea agreement.

He admitted that he falsely told prospective buyers that the works he was offering from Johns and two other artists were legitimate when they were not.

Johns testified last week that the sculptures of "Flag" offered by Ramnarine were fakes.

Sentencing was set for May 30.



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