The Daily Mail updates the Timothy Sammons story. You’ll remember there was a lawsuit against Sammons over a van Gogh that was sold but the proceeds didn’t make their way to the owners. Now the Mail has additional details from some suits in the UK. The courts have frozen Sammons’s assets:
However, in a case being heard at the High Court, Sammons is being sued by the W.H. Smith family trust – the leading beneficiary is Maria Carmela, Viscountess Hambleden, whose son, the present Viscount, is the long-time partner of Abba star Frida Lyngstad.
The trust is trying to recover a £1.6 million Canaletto Sammons sold on her behalf last year and failed to remit the money.
In a second case being heard in London and New York, Stephanie Overton – a New Zealand collector – is trying to recover £7.1 million from Sammons after he allegedly sold her paintings to a number of New York dealers and failed to hand over the proceeds.
Lady Corinne Green is suing over a series of Henry Moore pictures, although in her case she is suing Andrew Rose, the dealer who sold the pictures on behalf of Sammons.
And in New York, Sotheby’s is a joint defendant with Sammons in a case brought by Houston Cummings.
Mayfair art dealer Timothy Sammons is sued by his clients over missing millions (Daily Mail Online)