Angela Gulbenkian: a socialite indicted of Warhol art fraud

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The summer of rascal might feel like a apart dream, but, as they say, there’s no rest for a wicked. Last year, we were enamoured by a story of a now-notorious Anna Delvey, who acted as a Russian heiress to imitation friends and high-flying investors out of millions. Delvey, now detained on mixed depends of rascal and theft, has a podcast and dual TV array about her in a works – yet now, there’s another story of art universe scamming and intensity hidden that’s rousing interest, with ‘art heiress’ Angela Gulbenkian.

First attack a press in 2018, a 37-year-old is confronting mixed allegations of fake art dealing, relating to a deficient sale of works by Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama, amounting to over £1 million.

As she’s slapped with a second lawsuit and is due to stand trial in May this year, here’s all we need to know about a extraordinary story of socialite and vital art gourmet Gulbenkian.

WHO IS ANGELA GULBENKIAN?

Gulbenkian grew adult as Angela Ischwang in Munich, where her mom reportedly still runs an optometry business. After relocating to London in a early 2000s to investigate politics and history, Gulbenkian met and married football representative Duarte Gulbenkian, a great-grand nephew of oil tycoon, philanthropist, and art gourmet Calouste Gulbenkian. After primarily operative in selling and PR, Gulbenkian set adult a association called FAPS-Net in 2016 with art confidant Florentine Rosemeyer, that was in business until open 2018. Rosemeyer after hired Gulbenkian during her Munich-based art consulting firm, Rosemeyer Art Advisors. No discuss is now done of Gulbenkian’s impasse on a company’s website, yet it formerly listed her as someone who “brokers high finish art works”, contributing “valuable contacts, entrance to sought-after art works, and specific selling know-how” to a company. 

According to an talk with Portugese news site Jornal de Negocios, Gulbenkian and her father changed to Lisbon – where a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is formed – in 2016, yet she continued to run her London-based private art sales project, called Fine Art Private Sale. Discussing her newfound try to sell art in Portugal, Gulbenkian concurred relying on her prestigious surname. “In a art world, this name opens doors,” she said, “but does not tighten deals. People design some-more from us. It is a challenge, we like challenges.” Gulbenkian’s now-private Instagram comment still describes her as a “fine art collector” and mentions a Gulbenkian Private Art Collection in her bio, notwithstanding a substructure reporting she has no connection with them.

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