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Politics Hunter Biden sells five art prints for $75K each

08:10  08 october  2021
08:10  08 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Hunter Biden reportedly sold at least five pieces of art for $ 75 ,000 each at his Los Angeles exhibit on October 1. “The Georges Berges Gallery sold the prints before the Oct. 1 opening of a ‘pop-up’ presentation in Los Angeles, a source familiar with the matter said Thursday,” the New York Post reported. “It’s unclear who purchased the reproductions — which cost a fraction of the top price of 0,000 for an original piece by President Biden ’s scandal-scarred son — or if any more were sold after the LA show opened.”

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Hunter Biden has sold at least five prints of his artwork for $75,000 each as a team of lawyers works to vet people who plan to attend his spring gallery show in New York City.

The prints were sold from Georges Berges Gallery in Los Angeles before the Oct. 1 opening of his pop-up presentation.

It is unclear which reproductions were sold or if any other works were sold once the LA show opened. The buyers also remain a secret.

However, a source familiar with the sale told the New York Post that 'most of those allowed to buy works are long-term, private collectors with the gallery, people that Berges knows personally'.

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Jason chaffetz: hunter biden 'S art scam — with his work selling for 0K, we need to know who's buying. Shaub also warned that the anonymity granted to Hunter 's clients could allow "influence-seekers" to funnel money to the Biden family. "Just as hotel charges and real estate purchases created a risk of unknown parties funneling money to the Trump family for potentially unsavory purposes, Hunter Biden 's grotesquely inflated art prices create a similar risk of influence-seekers funneling money to the Biden family," Shaub said.

Hunter Biden has been many things over his 51 years. But, in the last few years at least, he has been an artist .

The sales come as Biden remains under scrutiny over the ethics of his art dealings.

Hunter Biden (pictured with ex-Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs) sold at least five prints of his artwork for $75,000 each at his Los Angeles pop-up show © Provided by Daily Mail Hunter Biden (pictured with ex-Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs) sold at least five prints of his artwork for $75,000 each at his Los Angeles pop-up show

Video and photos exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com show Biden and his gallery manager Georges Bergès entertaining around 200 people at the famous Milk studios in Hollywood on Friday, including his wife Melissa and two of his daughters, 27-year-old Naomi Biden and Maisy Biden, 20.

Around 200 invites for the tightly-policed event went to a host of Los Angeles glitterati and potential buyers of Hunter's art, the prices for which range between $75,000 and $500,000.

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Hunter will be displaying and selling his artwork in New York City this fall. His art dealer Georges Berges has valued the work at between $ 75 K and 0K. All sales will be kept confidential, despite his alleged corruption over prior business deals in Ukraine and China. Hunter also penned a memoir, Beautiful Things, that detailed his struggles with substance abuse and family trauma. That negotiated structure is meant to keep Hunter Biden , who still communicates regularly with his father and travels with him, from knowing who is plunking down cash for his works, which are expected to be listed for

Hunter Biden ’s newfound venture does little to distract from the ongoing concerns that he could perhaps be trading on his family name, as he and other members of the Biden family have been accused of doing in the past. “ Hunter Biden was repeatedly hired and given deals by foreign entities that he was clearly not qualified for in the hopes of getting favors from his father,” Schweizer told Breitbart News. “It is not a stretch to believe that foreign entities will pay for or commission his works of art at inflated prices to do the same.”

Potential buyers and celebrity guests who attended the event included World Champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, Moby, Garcetti and the artist behind Barack Obama's iconic Hope poster

Former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter claims Biden's attendance at the show 'illustrates how this veil-of-secrecy idea is not happening'.

He claims the White House's attempt at keeping buyers anonymous is not effective.

'It shows the deal's not going to be secret,' Painter said of the show.

'I think the White House needs to go to Plan B.'

The president's son and his gallery manager Georges Bergès entertained about 200 guests as he made his professional art debut at Milk Studios in Hollywood © Provided by Daily Mail The president's son and his gallery manager Georges Bergès entertained about 200 guests as he made his professional art debut at Milk Studios in Hollywood Hunter Biden was seen rubbing fists with World Champion Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and rubbing elbows with other celebrities and wealthy potential buyers who turned up to see his paintings at his first art exhibition in Los Angeles Friday © Provided by Daily Mail Hunter Biden was seen rubbing fists with World Champion Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and rubbing elbows with other celebrities and wealthy potential buyers who turned up to see his paintings at his first art exhibition in Los Angeles Friday

Painter continued: '[Buyers] tend to be rich people, and rich people come to their houses and it tends to get around.

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'We believe that Hunter Biden , just like any child of a president, should be able to pursue their professions and their passions,' she said at Thursday's briefing. Hunter will be in attendance at both art exhibits in Los Angeles and New York, a spokesperson for Georges Bergès Gallery said. This is fueling concerns buyers could attempt to gain influence with the president as they mingle with his son. But Psaki's comments Thursday suggest that while Hunter will be there, he will not discuss the sale of his pieces with potential buyers.

Hunter Biden started marketing his art after daddy was running for president. Now that dad is the president, suddenly critics are gushing about how good it is, and it’s value will certainly rise. With money flowing by the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, it’s time for Hunter Biden to show some responsibility and accountability by disclosing who is writing these big checks. Click here to read more from jason chaffetz. Jason Chaffetz is a Fox News contributor, a distinguished fellow for the Government Accountability Institute, former chairman of the House Oversight and Government

'Everyone's going to be talking about it and everyone's going to know.'

He argues that the best way to prevent people from 'gaining leverage' over the White House by purchasing Biden's artwork is to prevent sales of the work until his father, President Joe Biden, leaves office.

Painter also advocated for 'full transparency' of buyers' identities and thinks the president and his appointees should 'all sign recusal pledges to ensure these people can't get access to the White House'.

'We did that in the Bush White House,' he told the news outlet.

'If people tried to contact the government who were business partners of the Bushes, we made sure they contacted people who weren't political appointees.'

Meanwhile, sources say lawyers are vetting individuals who want to view Biden's paintings at Berges' Manhattan gallery.

'It is a whole process to get in to see the Biden show. You have to call the gallery in Soho, and they are vetting people carefully,' the source told the Post.

'They laid down rules that thorough vetting of any collector has to be done by a team of lawyers.'

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Officials have not revealed who hired the lawyers or the purpose behind the legal vetting.

The New York City show - which was originally slated to open this month - has been moved to the spring. The LA show is reportedly continuing until November.

It remains unclear why the gallery opening was delayed.

Meanwhile, sources say lawyers are vetting individuals who want to view Biden's paintings at Berges' Manhattan gallery (pictured in 2018) © Provided by Daily Mail Meanwhile, sources say lawyers are vetting individuals who want to view Biden's paintings at Berges' Manhattan gallery (pictured in 2018)

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was questioned about Biden's show on Wednesday.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti - who is the president's nominee to be the ambassador to India - was reportedly in attendance.

'Should we expect to see more people who seek jobs in this administration attending events like this in the future?' CBS News Radio reporter Steven Portnoy asked.

Psaki, who has fielded questions about the president's son's business dealings on other occasions, quickly sought to shift attention to gallery owner George Berges, who is organizing shows of Hunter's artwork this fall.

She responded: 'Again, the gallerist has spoken to — we've spoken to the specifics of what the gallerist has agreed to and what recommendations were made. I've done that several times. I don't have additional details for it from here. I'd point you to them.'

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She tried to navigate questions about transparency and potential conflicts when asked about images and video obtained by DailyMail.com of the L.A. opening for Hunter's work. Hunter Biden attended the event – along with celebrities including Moby along with Garcetti and other notables. Her tactic was to point repeatedly to the 'gallerist' who organized the show.

'Well, to be clear, we've spoken to the arrangement that is run by the gallerist, and Hunter Biden's representative, that the White House provided suggestions for. I'd refer you to the gallerist for questions about the event as well as the representatives of Mr. Garcetti in terms of his attendance,' she said.

She was referencing an arrangement with gallery owner George Berges to vet sales of Hunter's high-priced artwork for potential conflicts of interest. That arrangement is meant to shield the identity of buyers to avoid any potential efforts to influence the administration.

Psaki did not directly answer a question about whether the White House had any concerns about the images of Hunter Biden alongside prospective buyer's – contact which could provide insight into who was laying down as much as $500,000 for a painting.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki faced multiple questions Wednesday about Hunter Biden's attendance at the LA showing of his artwork © Provided by Daily Mail White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki faced multiple questions Wednesday about Hunter Biden's attendance at the LA showing of his artwork

'I would point you to the gallerist on specifics of the restrictions that were put in place,' she said.

Pushed on the issue of transparency, she said: 'And we were very transparent about what recommendations were made to the gallerist.'

Under an arrangement Psaki announced from the Podium in July, amid public criticism from a former top government ethics official, all interactions are to be handled by 'a professional gallerist 'adhering to the highest industry standards.'

She added in July: 'And any offer out of the normal course would be rejected out of hand. And the gallerist will not share information about buyers or prospective buyers, including their identities, with Hunter Biden or the administration, which provides quite a level of protection and transparency.'

The White House did not respond directly to questions about whether it had information on the guest list for Friday's event – once again referring questions to the gallerist.

The gallerist did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment.

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