PRINT April 1987


A Romance in Ten Parts, Chapter 8: Twist and Shout

IN THE MONTH after the collectors, people by the name of Ledgekeep, brought suit against Rex for the alleged theft of their prize artist’s, Alma’s, imagery, Rex was in a shadowy limelight.

The art world talked about the Alma-Rex controversy. The popular weeklies, which found the legal case sizzling cheese indeed, cooked it up. Persons magazine was mad for the chance to “photo-story the lifestyles” of the mysterious collectors who had originated the suit, but they vanished into thin air every time a reporter or photographer got on their trail. Mrs. Ledgekeep, however, gave telephone interviews that were as spellbinding as Franklin Roosevelt’s “fireside chats” on the radio, in part because of the weird high pitch of her voice; and this from a collector who until last month was completely anonymous—no, I’ll go further, an unknown. Although Alma herself made no public statements and allowed no

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