CSI: Jackson Pollock

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The story has the makings of a great Hollywood film: a few weeks before famed painter Jackson Pollock died in a car crash, he supposedly painted a small work in his house at the Hamptons for his mistress Ruth Kligman (his wife had caught the two together and fled to Europe). With the stature of an artist like Pollock, authentication would increase the price by millions of dollars, but it’s been a 60-year battle between academics who purport that it does not look like a Pollock, versus forensics specialists who disagree, finding evidence buried in the painting—like a hair from Pollock’s polar bear rug—that link it to the artist. It’s a mystery left unsolved, as the only two people who know the truth—Kligman and Pollock—are resting in their graves.