Ex-Marcos aide on trial in NYC case of Monet work

Unrelated to the court case, this is one of many works from Claude Monet's (French, 1840-1926) series of paintings featuring water lilies. This painting, executed in 1916, is in the collection of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the US Copyright Office) before Jan. 1, 1923.

Unrelated to the court case, this is one of many works from Claude Monet’s (French, 1840-1926) series of paintings featuring water lilies. This painting, executed in 1916, is in the collection of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the US Copyright Office) before Jan. 1, 1923.

NEW YORK (AP) – A former aide to Imelda Marcos is on trial in a New York art-scheme case that involves a $32 million Monet painting and the Philippine government’s efforts to reclaim items from the former first lady and her husband.

Vilma Bautista’s conspiracy trial opened Wednesday. She is accused of illicitly selling one of Monet’s “water lilies” paintings and trying to sell other artworks that prosecutors say disappeared when Ferdinand Marcos was ousted in 1986.

Defense lawyer Susan Hoffinger says Bautista had authority to sell the Monet on Imelda Marcos’ behalf. Hoffinger says Bautista is caught up in a larger dispute that belongs in civil courts.

Philippine officials have worked for years to reclaim valuables they say the Marcoses acquired by looting the country’s treasury. The couple denied their wealth was ill-gotten.

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Unrelated to the court case, this is one of many works from Claude Monet's (French, 1840-1926) series of paintings featuring water lilies. This painting, executed in 1916, is in the collection of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the US Copyright Office) before Jan. 1, 1923.

Unrelated to the court case, this is one of many works from Claude Monet’s (French, 1840-1926) series of paintings featuring water lilies. This painting, executed in 1916, is in the collection of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the US Copyright Office) before Jan. 1, 1923.