Client accepted smeared Spear

2013-04-03 16:24
<em>The Spear</em> (Picture: City Press)

The Spear (Picture: City Press)

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Johannesburg - The Spear painting by artist Brett Murray was accepted unaltered by a German buyer, who paid around R120 000 for the piece, the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

Alexander Pinero, the logistics manager at the Goodman Gallery where the painting was hanging on 22 May last year when it was allegedly defaced by Louis Mabokela, said the painting was now with the German client.

"We only deliver on payment," Pinero told the court.

"As far as I am aware nothing was done to restore it."

He said he did not see how the painting was damaged, but saw two men being apprehended by security.

Before Pinero testified, police constable Mishack Dihangoone told the court that when he arrived at the gallery, both Barend la Grange, who also stood accused of defacing the painting, and Mabokela had been apprehended by gallery security.

He observed that they both had black paint on their hands.

His colleague arrested Mabokela, but Dihangoone was the officer who charged him.

He said they were originally called to the gallery because something had been spoilt.

"We were called to the Goodman Gallery because there were people that had spoilt something," he said via an interpreter.

Magistrate Mohammed Jajbhay adjourned proceedings until Thursday when the final witness was expected to testify.

Mabokela had the option of paying a R1 000 fine like La Grange, who did pay, but he refused.

Read more on:    goodman gallery  |  louis mabokela  |  barend la grange  |  johannesburg  |  zuma painting

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