US judge OKs sale of accused Md. historian's art

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Posted: Oct 12, 2011 3:58 PM
US judge OKs sale of accused Md. historian's art

A federal judge will allow a presidential historian charged with conspiring to steal documents from U.S. archives to sell an Andy Warhol print and other items to cover his living expenses.

Judge Catherine Blake on Tuesday granted 63-year-old Barry Landau permission to sell silverware, coins and a Warhol print depicting actress Elizabeth Taylor. Landau's attorney says the sale will allow his client to pay the $2,700 rent on his New York City apartment, health insurance, food and other expenses. Prosecutors did not object.

Landau and his 24-year-old assistant, Jason Savedoff, are charged with stealing historical documents from the Maryland Historical Society and conspiring to take documents from other archives. Both have pleaded not guilty, but a hearing scheduled this month for Savedoff may indicate a change.