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On a Tuesday morning last month, Steve Meadows, a 66-year-old architect, actor, inventor and dabbler in art, left his home in Venice, California, with a cargo boasting an extraordinary history.The canvas, measuring 68 by 52 centimeters, would be among the largest paintings by Vincent Van Gogh confirmed genuine in recent decades.Van Gogh is known to have made many precise duplicates of paintings using different colors.Meanwhile the "Fan" canvas has similar characteristics to three of his Paris period (1886-88) paintings and some early 1880s Edouard Manet works. In July 2015 they sent all the paperwork to the Van Gogh Museum, and two months later it agreed to appraise the paintings in early 2017 .Meadows draws optimism from the example of Andrew Brainerd, a Chicago attorney and art collector who bought four paintings from De Boer in 1966 .Meadows waits in his Venice home – bought from musician Eric Clapton, with a peddled flying machine he invented hanging from the lofty ceiling – wondering if he is the owner of two priceless paintings, or just a Renaissance Man on an expensive misadventure.
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