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Dec 19, 2012 11:43 PM by Associated Press

$66M Kinkade estate dispute secretly settled

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - After a rancorous public showdown, a secret settlement has been reached in the dispute between Thomas Kinkade's widow and girlfriend over the late artist's multi-million dollar estate.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/Wq5kti ) Wednesday that it's unclear who will inherit Kinkade's Monte Serrano mansion and his warehouse of paintings.

The dispute between his widow Nanette Kinkade and Amy Pinto erupted after the artist's April 6 death, due to a mix of alcohol and Valium.

In a statement, lawyers said the women kept the artist's message of "love, spirituality and optimism" in their amicable resolution.

Pinto began dating Kinkade 6 months after his marriage of 28 years imploded.

She later produced two disputed handwritten wills which stated that Kinkade would leave her $10 million and his home.

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