Standing beneath an Alexander Calder mobile in an atrium filled with modern art, President Barack Obama said he’d like to “roam around a bit and check stuff out” in the home of former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley.
The heirs of American modernist artist Alexander Calder, the inventor of the moving sculpture known as the mobile, have accused his longtime confidant, the art dealer Klaus Perls, of defrauding his estate out of millions of dollars.
Last year, Marc Kaye suffered a cash shortage. He had tuition to pay at three colleges -- including Harvard and Columbia -- and his insurance business wasn’t generating enough commissions to cover the bills.
Manhattan art gallery owner Hillel “Helly” Nahmad pleaded guilty to participating in a high- stakes gambling ring catering to celebrities and the very rich, calling it a hobby that developed into an illegal business.