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Hunter Biden sells five art prints for $75K each while lawyers vet attendees for his spring NYC show

Hunter Biden sells five art prints for K each while lawyers vet attendees for his spring NYC show
Hunter Biden sells five art prints for K each while lawyers vet attendees for his spring NYC show

Hunter Biden has sold at least five prints of his artwork for $75,000 each as a team of lawyers works to vet people who plan to attend his spring gallery show in New York City

The prints were sold from Georges Berges Gallery in Los Angeles before the Oct. 1 opening of his pop-up presentation.

It is unclear which reproductions were sold or if any other works were sold once the LA show opened. The buyers also remain a secret.

However, a source familiar with the sale told the New York Post that ‘most of those allowed to buy works are long-term, private collectors with the gallery, people that Berges knows personally’.

The sales come as Biden remains under scrutiny over the ethics of his art dealings.

Hunter Biden (pictured with ex-Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs) sold at least five prints of his artwork for $75,000 each at his Los Angeles pop-up show

Hunter Biden (pictured with ex-Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs) sold at least five prints of his artwork for $75,000 each at his Los Angeles pop-up show

Video and photos exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com show Biden and his gallery manager Georges Bergès entertaining around 200 people at the famous Milk studios in Hollywood on Friday, including his wife Melissa and two of his daughters, 27-year-old Naomi Biden and Maisy Biden, 20.

Around 200 invites for the tightly-policed event went to a host of Los Angeles glitterati and potential buyers of Hunter’s art, the prices for which range between $75,000 and $500,000. 

Potential buyers and celebrity guests who attended the event included World Champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, Moby, Garcetti and the artist behind Barack Obama‘s iconic Hope poster  

Former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter claims Biden’s attendance at the show ‘illustrates how this veil-of-secrecy idea is not happening’.

He claims the White House’s attempt at keeping buyers anonymous is not effective.

‘It shows the deal’s not going to be secret,’ Painter said of the show.

‘I think the White House needs to go to Plan B.’  

The president's son and his gallery manager Georges Bergès entertained about 200 guests as he made his professional art debut at Milk Studios in Hollywood

The president’s son and his gallery manager Georges Bergès entertained about 200 guests as he made his professional art debut at Milk Studios in Hollywood

Hunter Biden was seen rubbing fists with World Champion Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and rubbing elbows with other celebrities and wealthy potential buyers who turned up to see his paintings at his first art exhibition in Los Angeles Friday

Hunter Biden was seen rubbing fists with World Champion Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and rubbing elbows with other celebrities and wealthy potential buyers who turned up to see his paintings at his first art exhibition in Los Angeles Friday

Former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter (pictured) claims Biden's attendance at the show 'illustrates how this veil-of-secrecy idea is not happening'

Former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter (pictured) claims Biden’s attendance at the show ‘illustrates how this veil-of-secrecy idea is not happening’

Painter continued: ‘[Buyers] tend to be rich people, and rich people come to their houses and it tends to get around. 

‘Everyone’s going to be talking about it and everyone’s going to know.’

He argues that the best way to prevent people from ‘gaining leverage’ over the White House by purchasing Biden’s artwork is to prevent sales of the work until his father, President Joe Biden, leaves office.

Painter also advocated for ‘full transparency’ of buyers’ identities and thinks the president and his appointees should ‘all sign recusal pledges to ensure these people can’t get access to the White House’. 

‘We did that in the Bush White House,’ he told the news outlet. 

‘If people tried to contact the government who were business partners of the Bushes, we made sure they contacted people who weren’t political appointees.’

Meanwhile, sources say lawyers are vetting individuals who want to view Biden’s paintings at Berges’ Manhattan gallery.  

‘It is a whole process to get in to see the Biden show. You have to call the gallery in Soho, and they are vetting people carefully,’ the source told the Post.

‘They laid down rules that thorough vetting of any collector has to be done by a team of lawyers.’

Officials have not revealed who hired the lawyers or the purpose behind the legal vetting.

The New York City show – which was originally slated to open this month – has been moved to the spring. The LA show is reportedly continuing until November.  

It remains unclear why the gallery opening was delayed.

Meanwhile, sources say lawyers are vetting individuals who want to view Biden's paintings at Berges' Manhattan gallery (pictured in 2018)

Meanwhile, sources say lawyers are vetting individuals who want to view Biden’s paintings at Berges’ Manhattan gallery (pictured in 2018)

Hunter's paintings were priced at $75,000 for a piece on paper to half a million dollars for large-scale paintings

It is unclear which reproductions were sold or if any other works were sold once the LA show opened

Hunter’s paintings were priced at $75,000 for a piece on paper to half a million dollars for large-scale paintings (Pictured: Two pieces of Biden’s work – It is unclear which reproductions were sold or if any other works were sold once the LA show opened)

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was questioned about Biden’s show on Wednesday. 

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti – who is the president’s nominee to be the ambassador to India – was reportedly in attendance. 

‘Should we expect to see more people who seek jobs in this administration attending events like this in the future?’ CBS News Radio reporter Steven Portnoy asked.

Psaki, who has fielded questions about the president’s son’s business dealings on other occasions, quickly sought to shift attention to gallery owner George Berges, who is organizing shows of Hunter’s artwork this fall. 

She responded: ‘Again, the gallerist has spoken to — we’ve spoken to the specifics of what the gallerist has agreed to and what recommendations were made. I’ve done that several times. I don’t have additional details for it from here. I’d point you to them.’  

She tried to navigate questions about transparency and potential conflicts when asked about images and video obtained by DailyMail.com of the L.A. opening for Hunter’s work. Hunter Biden attended the event – along with celebrities including Moby along with Garcetti and other notables. Her tactic was to point repeatedly to the ‘gallerist’ who organized the show.

‘Well, to be clear, we’ve spoken to the arrangement that is run by the gallerist, and Hunter Biden’s representative, that the White House provided suggestions for. I’d refer you to the gallerist for questions about the event as well as the representatives of Mr. Garcetti in terms of his attendance,’ she said. 

She was referencing an arrangement with gallery owner George Berges to vet sales of Hunter’s high-priced artwork for potential conflicts of interest. That arrangement is meant to shield the identity of buyers to avoid any potential efforts to influence the administration.  

Psaki did not directly answer a question about whether the White House had any concerns about the images of Hunter Biden alongside prospective buyer’s – contact which could provide insight into who was laying down as much as $500,000 for a painting. 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki faced multiple questions Wednesday about Hunter Biden's attendance at the LA showing of his artwork

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki faced multiple questions Wednesday about Hunter Biden’s attendance at the LA showing of his artwork

‘I would point you to the gallerist on specifics of the restrictions that were put in place,’ she said.  

Pushed on the issue of transparency, she said: ‘And we were very transparent about what recommendations were made to the gallerist.’ 

Under an arrangement Psaki announced from the Podium in July, amid public criticism from a former top government ethics official, all interactions are to be handled by ‘a professional gallerist ‘adhering to the highest industry standards.’

She added in July: ‘And any offer out of the normal course would be rejected out of hand. And the gallerist will not share information about buyers or prospective buyers, including their identities, with Hunter Biden or the administration, which provides quite a level of protection and transparency.’

The White House did not respond directly to questions about whether it had information on the guest list for Friday’s event – once again referring questions to the gallerist.

The gallerist did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 


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