21 artists filed a claim against the Berlin council yesterday for destroying and reproducing their Berlin Wall murals without their permission. The East Side Gallery – a.k.a. a little under a mile-long stretch of the Wall – had undergone renovation two years ago. Artists had a choice: repaint their mural for $4K or someone else will.
Those that didn’t take the money saw their works buffed and badly forged. Lawsuit time!
(Photo: AFP/Daily Mail, Dmitri Vrubel’s iconic East Side Gallery mural Oh God, help me survive this deadly love! of Brezhnev and Honecker’s ferocious smooch. Vrubel agreed to repaint it for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. His old one looked like this.)