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Conman: Timothy Sammons, 63, illegally sold an extraordinary catalog of works of art, including Picasso & # 39; s & # 39; Bust de Femme & # 39 ;, Marc Chagall & # 39; s & # 39; Reverie & # 39; and Henry Moore & # 39; s & # 39; Reclining Nude & # 39;

A crooked British art dealer who sold Picasso & # 39; s and other reputable items as he scammed customers for over $ 10 million has been imprisoned for 12 years.

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Timothy Sammons, 63, has illegally sold an extraordinary catalog of works of art, including Picasso & # 39; s & # 39; Bust de Femme & # 39 ;, Marc Chagall & # 39; s & # 39; Reverie & # 39; and Henry Moore & # 39; s & # 39; Reclining Nude & # 39 ;.

The former director of Sotheby, who opened offices in the chic Mayfair district in London and on the Upper East Side in New York, admitted that he had committed a large number of grievances and fraud as part of a plea on 2 July.

Conman: Timothy Sammons, 63, illegally sold an extraordinary catalog of works of art, including Picasso & # 39; s & # 39; Bust de Femme & # 39 ;, Marc Chagall & # 39; s & # 39; Reverie & # 39; and Henry Moore & # 39; s & # 39; Reclining Nude & # 39;

Conman: Timothy Sammons, 63, illegally sold an extraordinary catalog of works of art, including Picasso & # 39; s & # 39; Bust de Femme & # 39 ;, Marc Chagall & # 39; s & # 39; Reverie & # 39; and Henry Moore & # 39; s & # 39; Reclining Nude & # 39;

He was sentenced to sit for four to twelve years behind bars by a judge Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Between 2010 and 2015, Timothy Sammons Fine Art Agents closed deals for customers and & # 39; misled & # 39; she about the timing of the sale, or & # 39; completely failed & # 39; to inform them that he had sold the pieces before poking the winnings for himself.

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The alleged victims include a luxury Caribbean hotelier, art collector from New Zealand, philanthropist from Florida and financier from New York.

Sammons, a trained lawyer, founded his own art agency in 1995 after being head of the Chinese art department of auctioneer Sotheby.

He operated as a respected agent and trusted confidant of aristocratic dynasties, linking private buyers with discreet sellers.

Convicted: the former director of Sotheby, who had offices in the chic Mayfair district of London and in the Upper East Side of New York, admitted that he had committed a large number of grievances and fraud as part of a plea on July 2.

Convicted: the former director of Sotheby, who had offices in the chic Mayfair district of London and in the Upper East Side of New York, admitted that he had committed a large number of grievances and fraud as part of a plea on July 2.

Convicted: the former director of Sotheby, who had offices in the chic Mayfair district of London and in the Upper East Side of New York, admitted that he had committed a large number of grievances and fraud as part of a plea on July 2.

& # 39; Reverie & # 39; by Marc Chagall: Sold illegally by art dealer Timothy Sammons, 63

& # 39; Reverie & # 39; by Marc Chagall: Sold illegally by art dealer Timothy Sammons, 63

& # 39; Reverie & # 39; by Marc Chagall: Sold illegally by art dealer Timothy Sammons, 63

& # 39; Moorish nude & # 39; by Henry Moore: the alleged victims are a luxury Caribbean hotelier, art collector from New Zealand, philanthropist from Florida and financier from New York
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& # 39; Moorish nude & # 39; by Henry Moore: the alleged victims are a luxury Caribbean hotelier, art collector from New Zealand, philanthropist from Florida and financier from New York

& # 39; Moorish nude & # 39; by Henry Moore: the alleged victims are a luxury Caribbean hotelier, art collector from New Zealand, philanthropist from Florida and financier from New York

Among his deals was the sale of the John Singer Sargent painting Cashmere to the Bill Gates Foundation for a record amount of $ 8.8 million.

But he was accused of obscuring rare works of art that were placed under his care during complex sales negotiations, which sometimes lasted for years.

"When mediating in the sale of expensive, unique paintings, Timothy Sammons had lied, ripped off and stolen into an art," prosecutor Vance said.

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& # 39; For years, the defendant had a deceptive, money-bearing arrangement in which he gained the trust of potential buyers and sellers to cheat them on millions and use the unlawfully obtained benefits to finance his lush lifestyle. & # 39;

& # 39; Calanque de Canoubier (Pointe de Bamer) & # 39; by Paul Signac: sold illegally by art dealer Timothy Sammons, 63

& # 39; Calanque de Canoubier (Pointe de Bamer) & # 39; by Paul Signac: sold illegally by art dealer Timothy Sammons, 63

& # 39; Calanque de Canoubier (Pointe de Bamer) & # 39; by Paul Signac: sold illegally by art dealer Timothy Sammons, 63

Between 2010 and 2015, Timothy Sammons Fine Art Agents mediated deals for customers and & # 39; misled & # 39; they about the timing of the sale, or & # 39; completely failed & # 39; to inform them that he had sold the pieces before pocking the profit for himself

Between 2010 and 2015, Timothy Sammons Fine Art Agents mediated deals for customers and & # 39; misled & # 39; they about the timing of the sale, or & # 39; completely failed & # 39; to inform them that he had sold the pieces before pocking the profit for himself

Between 2010 and 2015, Timothy Sammons Fine Art Agents mediated deals for customers and & # 39; misled & # 39; they about the timing of the sale, or & # 39; completely failed & # 39; to inform them that he had sold the pieces before pocking the profit for himself

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Sammons used the money he stole for private club memberships, luxury travel accommodations and credit card payments, according to Vance.

"The emotional damage and financial damage to the victims of this crime is very serious," said Justice Ann Scherzer.

Sammons lawyer, David Touger, said in court that while his client admits he was taking money, he & # 39; denies using the money for his own pleasure & # 39 ;. He said the looted money was used for business purposes.

& # 39; Bust the femme & # 39; from Pablo Picasso: Sammons used the money he stole for private club memberships, luxury travel accommodations and credit card payments, according to Vance

Sammons was declared bankrupt in January 2017, seized his passport, and saw his £ 4 million home taken back at Primrose Hill in North London after he had failed to borrow. After serving his sentence, he is taken back to the UK
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Sammons was declared bankrupt in January 2017, seized his passport, and saw his £ 4 million home taken back at Primrose Hill in North London after he had failed to borrow. After serving his sentence, he is taken back to the UK

Sammons was declared bankrupt in January 2017, seized his passport, and saw his £ 4 million home taken back at Primrose Hill in North London after he had failed to borrow. After serving his sentence, he is taken back to the UK

In his conviction, Sammons said that he & # 39; was very sorry for all the problems it caused people, & # 39; adding that it was & # 39; not my intention to cause sorrow. & # 39;

Sammons was declared bankrupt in January 2017, seized his passport, and saw his £ 4 million home taken back at Primrose Hill in North London after he had failed to borrow.

Until his deportation, he lived in the cellar of a friend, far away from his wife, who lived on brochures from friends and received around £ 15,000 a year that Sammons still earned from advising clients.

After serving his sentence, he is taken back to the UK.

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