We're not entirely sure why Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs just paid $2.2 million for a condo at Dallas' One Arts Plaza. Vacation home? Rental property? That's between him and the voters of Denton; the deed is now in his name, according to Dallas County records.
("My wife buys, makes over/redesigns and outfits condos (and houses) as her business," Burroughs wrote in an email Wednesday evening, after this post was published. "This is her sixth project, I believe.")
We do know that he bought it from Dallas socialite Angela Barrett (read Skip Hollandworth's Texas Monthly profile, "Angie Barrett Does Not Use Butt Cream") and that the apartment was furnished with "Vertigo," artist Teresita Fernandez's 2007 piece, which was sold through the University of South Florida's art museum for $175,000. We also know that Barrett wants "Vertigo" back.
How do we know this? Because Barrett just sued Burroughs, claiming he's holding the artwork "hostage." She's not asking for damages ("Due to the one-of-a-kind nature of the artwork, no monetary damage award could compensate Plaintiff for her loss,") just that a judge order Burroughs and his wife to return "Vertigo."More »