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Art dealer sued in loss of lithograph

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – State Farm Insurance is suing a St. Charles art dealer, alleging he was negligent in the loss of an original lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec worth $103,109.

According to recently filed court papers, the insurance company alleges that Alfred Desimone, of the 2800 block of Turnberry Road, St. Charles, lost the French artist’s lithograph “Aristide Bruant Dans Son Cabaret, 1893.”

The lithograph was owned by Thomas Rosensteel, also of St. Charles, who gave it to Desimone for safekeeping and potential sale. The suit alleges about July 20, 2010, Desimone lost the artwork.

Rosensteel had found a buyer on his own, but – because the lithograph was lost – it could not be sold, causing Rosensteel financial loss, according to the suit.

Rosensteel had the lithograph insured by State Farm, which paid him $103,109 and now is seeking to recover that payment and legal costs from Desimone, according to the lawsuit.

Desimone did not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment. He does not have an attorney of record on file. State Farm’s attorney would not comment.

The case is scheduled to be heard April 25.

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