All’s not honest in love and Warhol!
A rich New York ex-couple continues to be warring over expensive possessions — together with artwork by Warhol and Basquiat, and a classic Ferrari — 5 months after their divorce was settled in December.
Last month, a Manhattan Supreme Court decide ordered exes Libbie and David Mugrabi to change artworks and vehicles on May 6 within the Hamptons.
But 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 crew has allegedly filed a movement to carry Libbie in contempt.
It’s not the primary time artwork has been on the middle of the wild breakup: During the divorce, Libbie’s aspect even testified the exes once “wrestled” over a $500,000 Keith Haring sculpture. She reportedly sought $100 million within the break up, and walked away with a group of blue chip paintings and a number of properties final yr.
But in a brand new skirmish, Libbie’s safety crew known as Southampton cops to her house on May 6 — alleging that the most recent items of artwork despatched by David by a dealing with service had water injury, and he or she refused to obtain them.
Sources mentioned one of many works was a “Statue of Liberty” by Andy Warhol, mentioned to be value $2 million, whereas the opposite was a Basquiat valued at $6.5 million.
Libbie’s aspect alleges the artwork is broken and could possibly be value a lot much less because of this. A supply claimed the Warhol “has black lines from water damage” and “scratches,” and that the Basquiat is a “collage that was damaged” with “part of the paper lifting off the canvas.”
Her aspect additionally alleges that David used his circle of relatives to appraise the artwork. “Apparently they were trying to dump the art at the front door,” mentioned a pal. “They tried to leave the art and abandon it. Finally she wound up calling the police [to] take the art back.”
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 most important assortment of Warhols on the planet. During 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 aspect of their December divorce settlement, which ordered her handy over 16 artworks to him, in addition to a 1974 Ferrari and a Porsche 911.
His lawyer, John Teitler, advised a decide final month that Libbie moved among the artwork she owes David to Florida, and alleged, “she has to return from Florida the very valuable pieces she has secreted down there.”
He exclaimed, “This is enough. At some point the grift has to end.”
But Libbie’s legal professional Ken Jewell advised Page Six when reached for touch upon Friday: “What David is giving her falls short, it is damaged. She is receiving damaged art and she refused it, which she has every right to do under the separation agreement.” He added, “What’s happening here is what was promised in the separation agreement is not being delivered to Libby… [David is] trying to stick her to things that are undervalued and damaged. We are trying to get him to pay what he’s supposed to.”
He additionally denied “allegations swirling around that [Libbie] hasn’t been complying with court orders,” and mentioned he’s submitting a response within the case to David’s newest claims.
In the meantime, a special Basquiat sold this week for $93.1 million at a Christie’s public sale.
David filed for divorce in 2018, and after an acrimonious court docket battle, Libbie told Page Six in 2020, “We have consciously uncoupled happily, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin as our inspiration! Our priority continues to be our children and their future.”
But the Paltrow-like rapprochement didn’t final lengthy, because the case turns right into a “War of the Roses.”
Teitler didn’t reply to Page Six’s request for remark. The filings within the matrimonial case are sealed.