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Meyer stoles the pieces from Johns' Connecticut studio, which he then went on to sell at galleries in New York.

Meyer had been Johns' assistant for 25 years, he pleaded guilty to having stolen 22 works from the years 2006-2012. The pieces in question were all unfinished and were sold for $6.5 million, with Meyer taking half of this sum.

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He included forged authentication papers. Meyer also admitted to the transporting stolen goods.

Meyer was sentenced in federal court in Manhattan to an 18 month prison sentence.

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