BASEL, Switzerland — How many works by Alexander Calder are out there?
On this week’s art crime blotter: a serial brain tissue thief strikes a museum, a suicidal man attacks a Picasso-inspired exhibition, and an art dealer’s grandson sues a gallery over a $25 million Modigliani.
First it was the accusations of gambling, and now Manhattan art dealer Helly Nahmad, and his dad, David Nahmad, are being “sued for allegedly hiding a $20 million painting stolen by the Nazis,” according to the New York Post.
Hillel “Helly” Nahmad, scion of the Nahmad art dealing family, was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison over the gambling charges to which he pled guilty last November.
The New York Times is reporting that Federal agents have raided an Upper East Side art gallery, Helly Nahmad Gallery, as part of an investigation into a gambling operation that included “high-stakes poker games.”