two pictures acquired in 2021 by Edward ConstantinFounder of the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (Picture), was done before Stolen by a woman from her mother, whom she imprisoned for a year for stealing about $140 million worth of artAs revealed by Brazilian police on Wednesday following his arrest in Rio de Janeiro.
In connection with a scandal in Rio’s upper class, police arrested four people, including Sabine BoghisicThe daughter of Genevieve, the 82-year-old widow of the famous art dealer Jean Boghisi.
The Rio de Janeiro Civil Police reported that Two of the 16 stolen works of art ended up in Constantini’s handswho assured that he had bought them in good faith.
They are “Elevador Social” (1966) by Rubens Gerchmann, and “Maquet Para Meu Espelho” (1964) by Antonio Dias, each valued at US$300,000.
According to a police spokesperson quoted by Globo Network, Jean Boghisi’s daughter sold the paintings to a gallery in the city of So Paulo, whose owners said they sold them to Malba, According to a Rio de Janeiro police spokesman.
However, through a press release, Malba stated that “Based on public information about the robbery of the widow of the Brazilian collector Jean Boghi, Eduardo Costantini explains that in 2021 he acquired four works from this important collection of Brazilian modern art through gallery owner Ricardo Camargo.,
“According to the priority information, two of these works belonged to the daughter of Boghisi and were purchased in good faith and duly registered“, in reference to the two pieces of art in question indicated the institution.
The theft that hindered the police investigation included works of art recovered by the police station for the elderly civilian police of Rio de Janeiro (investigation), such as “O Sono”, by Tarsila do Amaral worth $58 million.
Also two paintings by the same Brazilian modernist author, “Sol Pointe” and “Pont Neuf”, which according to agents are worth $48 million and $29 million respectively.
In addition, among the works stolen from Genevieve by the daughter and three associates, who were kidnapped for a year as victims of the family scandal, are Alberto Guignard, Di Cavalcanti, Cicero Dias, Cao Chi-Fang, such as by authors. Ilya Glazunov, Emerick Marcer and Michel McRaew.
Tarsila do Amaral’s painting “Sol Pointe” was recovered. During the raid in the Abolicao neighborhood north of Rio de Janeiro, he was under a bed in the home of one of four detainees, Rosa Nicolau Stanesco.
The case began in January 2020 when Sabine Boghisi hatched a plan involving Nicolaus Stansko, who posed as a clairvoyant.
The seer told the merchant’s widow that his daughter Sabine was going to die in a few weeks and that she needed to “work” to avoid this.
From that moment on, the woman transferred just over $1 million to the seer over the course of 2020, while her daughter fired all her mother’s domestic workers and kept her in captivity.
Over time, the woman learned that she had been deceived and stopped spending money on the alleged seer, after which the daughter began to remove the most valuable painting kept from the house.
Gilberto Cruz, commissioner of the Special Police Station for the Elderly in Rio, said dealer Boghisi had died seven years ago.
“While the victim was the woman herself who found us at the police station, she hired a lawyer who brought her to tell her everything. She was terrified of reporting the daughter,” she said.