Botched Fresco Restorer: Pay Up

Image has brought church $2.6K in donations
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Suggested by Fondue
Posted Sep 20, 2012 11:38 AM CDT
Updated Sep 23, 2012 12:03 PM CDT
The fresco of Christ before (left) and after (right) elderly amateur artist Celia Gimenez, 80, took it upon herself to restore it in the church of the northern Spanish agricultural town of Borja.   (AP Photo/Centro de estudios Borjanos)

(Newser) – Spain's botched restoration of a fresco of Jesus has developed quite a fan base—and it's brought in $2,600 in donations for the church that houses it. Now, the elderly woman who created the monstrosity wants to cash in, NPR reports: She's asking the church for a piece of that money, and she's got lawyers on her side. The church also has lawyers on the case, setting up a legal showdown over the monkey-werewolf-hedgehog. (Read more Spain stories.)

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