ピカソとナーマド ・アートディーラー・コレクション Picasso and Art Dealer Nahmad's Collection
New York art dealer Helly Nahmad pardoned by Trump
The New York-based dealer Hillel Nahmad, known as Helly Nahmad, received a pardon yesterday from President Trump in his final hours in office. In April 2014, Nahmad was sentenced to a year and a day in prison after pleading guilty to a federal gambling charge; he was released from prison after serving five months.
Helly Nahmad, who reportedly spent over $21m buying the entire 51st floor of Trump Tower in New York, was one of several suspects accused of playing a leadership role in a $100m gambling and money laundering network. His Upper East Side gallery was raided and charges were brought against him and 33 associates. Nahmad, who was initially charged with racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy and other crimes, pleaded guilty to a single charge of operating a gambling business.
“Nahmad operates the Helly Nahmad Gallery out of the Carlyle Hotel in New York, New York… he was the primary source of financing for the illegal gambling business, and he was entitled to a substantial share of its profits,” said a statement issued in 2014 by the United States Department of Justice. Helly Nahmad brokered a plea deal which involved paying out $6.4m and the rights to Raoul Dufy’s painting Carnaval à Nice (1937).
Nahmad is a scion of the global art dealing dynasty whose father is the collector David Nahmad. According to the New York Times (2013): “Little known outside the art market but a pivotal force within it, the family, whose worth is estimated at $3bn, has amassed one of the largest collections of Impressionist and Modernist art in the world, including one of the largest holdings of Picasso in private hands.”
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Quotes from artnet:
“First off, there’s Helly Nahmad, who secured a last-minute pardon from the outgoing president, thus wiping from his record the stink of charges and prison time for his role in an illegal gambling ring. Helly Nahmad has been very, very good to Trump — he spent $21.7 million buying all seven units in the 51st floor of Trump Tower over the course of a decade.
Sources said that the Nahmad camp — which includes his brother Joe Nahmad, proprietor of the Upper East Side gallery Nahmad Contemporary, and a UK-based cousin also named Helly Nahmad, referred to by cognoscenti as “London Helly” because it honestly gets pretty confusing — was ecstatic about the news. Nahmad had been hoping for the pardon to come through after having applied for it through the proper channels at the Justice Department.”
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