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It's likely Gerald Peters' investigation will leave no stone unturned. Conflicting expert testimony, though, is more common in court than in art. As for what legal steps will be taken if the work turns out to be deliberately forged, Kim says, "Since it hasn't happened, we can't say what the legal remedy would be." Keegan says the refund for the "Canyon Suite" paintings will be used to create an endowment for the Kemper Museum's permanent collection. "It's a really neat thing for this museum. When all is said and done here, our plan is to begin scouting new artwork. That will be the happy ending to this crazy, crazy story."

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