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Mapplethorpe Foundation sued for $65M over drag photography

A JULY 24, 1990 FILE PHOTO.Julia Malakie/AP

Robert Mapplethorpe’s supposed self-portrait is prepared for a showing at a Boston art gallery.

A photographer has filed a $ 65 million lawsuit against the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation alleging he took the images of the late photographer in drag long identified as self-portraits.

The Wall Street Journal reports the copyright infringement lawsuit also names the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and two galleries. All declined to comment.

The Mapplethorpe Foundation called the suit “frivolous” and said it plans to defend itself.

The suit was filed by Bobby Miller, who has photographed the New York downtown scene in the 1970s and ’80s.

Robert Mapplethorpe was an iconic art figure — but a new lawsuit alleges he didn’t take his famed self-portraits himself.Leee Black Childers/Redferns

Robert Mapplethorpe was an iconic art figure — but a new lawsuit alleges he didn’t take his famed self-portraits himself.

Miller says he took the photos in Mapplethorpe’s Manhattan loft in 1979.

His attorney says the facts will show Miller was solely responsible for conceiving the idea of photographing Robert Mapplethorpe in drag.

Mapplethorpe exhibitions are currently at two Los Angeles museums.

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