Dali’s Secretary & Exploiter Dies

“The former personal secretary of Salvador Dali, who was embroiled in scandals involving the surrealist Spanish painter’s works, has died aged 86… During the time he worked as the painter’s confidant, [John Peter] Moore amassed an important collection of works that became the subject of controversy after the artist’s death in January 1989. In October 2004 a court in Figueras, Dali’s birthplace, convicted Moore and [his wife] of violating intellectual property rights by changing the title of a Dali work displayed in their art centre… In November 2004 a Barcelona court ruled that Moore suffered from senile dementia and was incapable of standing trial on charges of falsifying and selling unauthorised reproductions of Dali’s works.”