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Thomas Kinkade’s girlfriend to pay $11K/month to stay in mansion

Approximately one month ago, I wrote about the legal battle between the estranged (but not divorced) wife of the late artist, Thomas Kinkade, and his live-in girlfriend, Amy Pinto, over his worldly possessions. 😉 At a Santa Clara County Probate Court hearing, Pinto’s rent at the artist’s mansion was set at $11,000/month His wife, Nanette Kinkade, asked to remove every piece of furniture, art (millions of dollars worth), and other family possessions from the 6,000-square-foot house that were there before Pinto moved into it! 😉

Judge Thomas Cain rejected Pinto’s request for a $2,000/month reduction in the rent because of the intrusiveness of the security guard kept on the property by the estate to ensure Pinto does not steal Kinkade’s possessions or paintings. Pinto had asked to pay $8,500 per month to rent the house, which is on two acres in the exclusive village of Monte Sereno. (John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath [1939] and Of Mice and Men [1937] at 16250 Greenwood Lane in what is now Monte Sereno.)

Amy Pinto’s lawyers say her car and those of two friends have been recently vandalized, the home’s French doors have been tampered with and the attic of the home broken into, with the intruder leaving footprints on the dusty floor and a ladder against the house.

“That coincidence could never happen on Earth,” said lawyer Doug Dal Cielo, who said that Kinkade’s widow, Nanette, and four daughters apparently know the alarm code and password for the house.

Dan Casas, who is the lawyer for the Kinkade estate, described the accusations with regard to security as ridiculous and offered to share security company records that show who has come and gone. He refused to give Pinto sole control over the alarm as she requested. :-) Judge Cain has asked for lists of possessions that each party claims, on December 3.

According to

Monday’s developments darkened the shadow over Kinkade, a 54-year-old alcoholic who died at the home in April from a lethal mix of alcohol and Valium. Known as the “Painter of Light,” he made a fortune selling reproductions of his romantic realism paintings that depict charming candlelit cottages and licensing those images for calendars, coffee mugs and other merchandise.

Kinkade separated from his wife in 2010 and began dating Pinto six months later.

-Bill at

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