All’s not honest in love and Warhol!
A rich New York ex-couple continues to be warring over dear possessions — together with artwork by Warhol and Basquiat, and a classic Ferrari — 5 months after their divorce was settled in December.
Final month, a Manhattan Supreme Courtroom choose ordered exes Libbie and David Mugrabi to change artworks and automobiles on Might 6 within the Hamptons.
However the sniping swap is so fraught, Libbie filed a police report in Southampton alleging David tried to dump broken paintings on her doorstep, whereas David’s authorized workforce has allegedly filed a movement to carry Libbie in contempt.
It’s not the primary time artwork has been on the heart of the wild breakup: Through the divorce, Libbie’s facet even testified the exes as soon as “wrestled” over a $500,000 Keith Haring sculpture. She reportedly sought $100 million within the cut up, and walked away with a group of blue chip paintings and a number of properties final 12 months.
However in a brand new skirmish, Libbie’s safety workforce known as Southampton cops to her dwelling on Might 6 — alleging that the newest items of artwork despatched by David by means of a dealing with service had water injury, and she or he refused to obtain them.
Sources stated one of many works was a “Statue of Liberty” by Andy Warhol, stated to be value $2 million, whereas the opposite was a Basquiat valued at $6.5 million.
Libbie’s facet alleges the artwork is broken and could possibly be value a lot much less in consequence. A supply claimed the Warhol “has black strains from water injury” and “scratches,” and that the Basquiat is a “collage that was broken” with “a part of the paper lifting off the canvas.”
Her facet additionally alleges that David used his circle of relatives to appraise the artwork. “Apparently they have been attempting to dump the artwork on the entrance door,” stated a pal. “They tried to go away the artwork and abandon it. Lastly she wound up calling the police [to] take the artwork again.”
She’d beforehand obtained artworks by Richard Prince and Damien Hirst from David with out incident, we hear.
David’s household owns billions in artwork, together with the biggest assortment of Warhols on the earth. Through the divorce the couple fought over their assortment, plus a $72 million townhouse, and a house within the Hamptons.
David alleged in authorized proceedings final month that Libbie was not honoring her facet of their December divorce settlement, which ordered her at hand over 16 artworks to him, in addition to a 1974 Ferrari and a Porsche 911.
His lawyer, John Teitler, advised a choose final month that Libbie moved a few of the artwork she owes David to Florida, and alleged, “she has to return from Florida the very priceless items she has secreted down there.”
He exclaimed, “That is sufficient. In some unspecified time in the future the grift has to finish.”
However Libbie’s legal professional Ken Jewell advised Web page Six when reached for touch upon Friday: “What David is giving her falls quick, it’s broken. She is receiving broken artwork and she or he refused it, which she has each proper to do beneath the separation settlement.” He added, “What’s occurring here’s what was promised within the separation settlement is just not being delivered to Libby… [David is] attempting to stay her to issues which are undervalued and broken. We are attempting to get him to pay what he’s alleged to.”
He additionally denied “allegations swirling round that [Libbie] hasn’t been complying with courtroom orders,” and stated he’s submitting a response within the case to David’s newest claims.
Within the meantime, a distinct Basquiat offered this week for $93.1 million at a Christie’s public sale.
David filed for divorce in 2018, and after an acrimonious courtroom battle, Libbie advised Web page Six in 2020, “Now we have consciously uncoupled fortunately, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin as our inspiration! Our precedence continues to be our youngsters and their future.”
However the Paltrow-like rapprochement didn’t final lengthy, because the case turns right into a “Struggle of the Roses.”
Teitler didn’t reply to Web page Six’s request for remark. The filings within the matrimonial case are sealed.