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Wis. man: Hawaii gallery sold me Lennon forgeries

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin man is accusing a Hawaiian art gallery of selling him more than $100,000 worth of forged John Lennon memorabilia.

David Petersen of Waukesha says the galleries duped him into believing 14 sketches were drawn by the late Beatles member.

He has filed a federal lawsuit seeking at least $130,000 in damages.

The lawsuit names the owners of Celebrities Galleries of Kihei, Hawaii, along with a gallery employee and a Honolulu insurance company.

The gallery owners didn't return phone or e-mail messages from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The 56-year-old Petersen says the gallery knew the works were fake but still worked to persuade him they were authentic.

Petersen later lent the works to a local museum for a 2008 exhibit.

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