Local art collector Greg LaChapelle won a $22,177 default judgment against [Joshua Baer] last October in a suit claiming Baer failed to return or pay for a Navajo blanket dating to 1875 and several Chippewa stone fetish carvings. LaChapelle still hasn't collected a dime of the judgment, says his lawyer, Daniel J O'Friel. "There is no debtors' prison anymore in our country," O'Friel says. "We have to continue to hound Mr. Baer and impress upon him that we will not go away, and hopefully we'll work this out.""I'm optimistic, and I don't think that my career being an art dealer is over," Baer says. "There's no question it's a difficult period."
Pile of Debts; Art Dealer Remains in Legal Trouble
Following his felony conviction for illegal trading of sacred Native American art, Santa Fe art dealer Joshua Baer has seen both his reputation and his ...