Now, having finally opened the case, the 58-year-old said he was “stunned” to find the work.“It was a bombshell,” he said.
“We had thought ‘Let’s just get this to the skip, let’s do it’.
We opened the case and there was some stuff, toys that I remember, that kind of thing. He said he then saw the signature in the corner that suggested work by Jack Vettriano may no longer be the most valuable art to come out of the mining town.
In 1998, Mr Currie to learned his real father was Nicolai Vladimirovich, a Russian soldier whom Annette Currie, then aged 19, met in 1955 during a holiday to Poland.
The long-distance relationship was over by the early 1960s, when she met and later married a local man.
Meanwhile Mr Currie, who had been brought up by his grandparents, believed his mother was his sister until the truth emerged in the late 1980s. It’s like, ‘Here son, we’re going to look after you.
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During one of these rare reunions, Mr Vladimirovich is said to have given her a painting to sell, knowing she would struggle financially as a single parent.
Hunter, 23, of Houldsworth Street, previously admitted that on September 5 last year at an address in Blairhall, he stole a wallet and contents including post office bank cards belonging to Jane Beattie, now deceased, and his grandfather, aged 82.
He also admitted that between September 5 and October 7 at the post office in Queen Anne Street, Dunfermline; Methilhaven Road, Methil; Crossroads post office, Methil; and High Street, Inverkeithing; he used the stolen bank card in the name of his grandmother to steal £2,070 from cash machines.
A BLAIRHALL man who stole £4,000 from his own grandmother while she was in hospital dying has been jailed for eight months.
Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard that Kris Hunter’s family had no intention of resuming any relationship with him because of his cold actions, when he appeared for sentencing.