A fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida are facing charges of fraud after allegedly using an elderly woman’s identity to buy a Mark Rothko for $6.4 million and an Ad Reinhardt work for $1.16 million at Sotheby’s, AP reports. “Our discussions with the purchasers raised significant suspicion and concern for the elderly client they purported to represent and we felt it was necessary to contact the FBI,” Sotheby’s said in a emailed statement. “We are pleased that the appropriate action has been taken and the victim has been protected.”
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Sheikh Saud Al-Thani
Sheikh Saud Al-Thani is cousin of the ruling Emir of Qatar and once one of the world’s biggest art buyers.
More info about the collector coming soon.