Before long, at least half of the artwork in Howell’s shop was White’s. As White’s empire mounted with more high-profile deals—a tribute to Princess Diana and Warner Bros.’ 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz—so did Howell’s sales. Within several years after they had begun working together, Howell was selling upward of $60,000 of his work per month. Howell got herself a new house on a cul-de-sac in a gated community and a white BMW.
—Do you trust the painter who says his paintings were being forged by his gallery owner, or the gallery owner who says the painter hired ninjas to come attack her and steal back his art? Tricky.