The New York Post and attorneys for art dealer Kenneth Hendel are trying to make the most out of the fact that Billie Tisch didn’t notice her Picasso portrait of Marie-Therese was missing for nearly seven years.
The widow of Laurence Tisch was also unaware that the painting had been offered at Sotheby’s in 2013.
But the fact that her supposed gift of the painting to a maid had not paperwork documenting the transfer is the part of the tale we should be incredulous about:
Her attorney, Luke Nikas, believes Tisch’s ex-maid– who now lives in Ecuador– stole the painting sometime before 2013. He’s considering reporting the crime to the FBI.
The gallerist, Hendel, bought the canvas from a Miami LLC controlled by a man named Mahmoud Antar for $500,000 in June 2013, records show. Hendel’s lawyer, Robert Stok, said Antar purchased it from the maid for $60,000 in February 2013. Stok says Tisch gifted the artwork to the servant.
Hendel told The Post he checked a stolen property registry and combed through police reports before purchasing the piece.“I’m an innocent bystander,” he said.
When you’re so rich you don’t notice your Picasso is missing (New York Post)