The pilot reached out to Dr. Olga Preisner - the Curator of the Penn State University Art Museum on August 24, 1981 to perform tests on pigments and canvas using X-Ray photography. After performing a series of tests and performing a signature evaluation, she determined the painting to be - authentic without doubt.
Dr. Preisner provided the pilot with additional contacts for experts who could assist him with appraisal and authentication. Dr. Preisner suggested that the pilot take the painting to the FOGG Art Museum at Harvard University, however, FOGG wrote back stating that their facilities could only be used for other non-profit organizations, and not for private individuals. The FOGG Museum suggested that the pilot take the painting to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston because they were able to provide services to individuals for a fee.
The pilot also reached out to Victor Spark per the request of Dr. Preisner to see if he would be able to provide authentication for the auction house. Unfortunately, while Mr. Spark was able to do appraisals, he was not able to write authentications, and informed the pilot that he would need to reach out to the Picasso Museum in Paris or Spain to obtain authentication.