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A wild legal case involving a stolen—and then forged—Marsden Hartley picture has finally made its way out of the courts, and now the painting will return to the Chicago company from which it was taken three decades ago.

The painting, titled Maine Flowers (1936–37), was swiped from the headquarters of the pharmaceutical company Abbott Labs and replaced with a forged copy, allegedly by an unscrupulous art restorer.

The real painting changed hands at least twice since then, and several of the key players in the story have died. Now, a judge in New York has ruled against the family of the most recent owner, which sought to retain ownership and insisted that it was acquired in good faith.

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