. German Socialite Pleads Guilty to Theft in Fraudulent Sale of Kusama Sculpture « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NEWS – German socialite Angela Gulbenkian pleaded guilty to two counts of theft on July 2 in a London court, Publico reported. Gulbenkian is charged with stealing roughly $1.4 million from Art Incorporated Limited, owned by consultant Mathieu Ticolat, after he bought and never received one of Yayoi Kusama’s iconic pumpkin sculptures in 2017. Gulbenkian is expected to be sentenced on July 28. Gulbenkian married into a prominent European family known for art collecting. Because of this pedigree, Ticolat decided to trust her despite never having worked with her before, he told South China Morning Post.

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