The True da Vinci Art Scandal

The painting ‘Salvator Mundi’ is at the epicenter of a huge art scandal. Everything is coming to a head. I have been begging for help, and I am thrown a anvil and stabbed in the back. I am done asking. I have done well all by myself. I will be putting up a GoFund on this blog, when I learn how.

But as The Times was pressing for a response on Wednesday, the newly opened branch of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, tweeted that the painting “is coming to Louvre Abu Dhabi.” The Saudi crown prince is a close ally of his counterpart in Abu Dhabi.

I am going to suggest to the Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor Estate, that a integral Western Art House be established in her name – on Bond Street! Liz’s ties to the Getty Family and Ian Fleming should be utilized, as well as her family ties to the Melon Foundation. The value of Western Culture is taking a nose-dive due to the Trumpite End Timers, and the greedy billionaires that are given sanctuary by false prophets and the racist base they pander to. Not since the rise of Hitler, is the World of Art in such peril. I am more than James Bond. I am the real deal! I am going to summon the name of the Rougemont Templars who owned the Shroud of Turin. In theory, the Templar Fleet is sailing to Abu Dhabi to take back our Savior. It is alleged Leonardo created the Shroud of Turin that this painting resembles.

These Oil Pirates tried to take over the little town of Glenwood located two miles from me.

I.M. Pei designed the Buck Institute and the Louvre Pyramid. We in the West are done selling our treasures to Oil Pirates who pollute the world – everyone’s world!  Every dog has their day!

Hand it over!

Jon Presco

Copyright 2018

kingdom-of-heaven-2005-40-gHugh de Rougemont appears to be the missing Grand Master of the Knight Templars mentioned before Bernard Tramelay which is also Dramelay, who is then followed by Andre de Montbard, a name that is Montbéliard and Bar combined. The Rougemonts are listed as a Templar family. It is my discovery that they are the Shroud of Turin family. Here is the only evidence the Templars were a hereditary order. I may descend from the Rougemont Templars on my mother’s side. With the recent attention given to the shroud by the new Pope, Francis, I hereby found a new order and adopt the original name of the Templars the ‘Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon’.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2013

The architecture of the Buck Institute is as distinctive as its science

World-renowned architect I.M. Pei was so interested in the mission of the Institute that he unexpectedy responded to a request to submit a proposal to design the research facility. Following the founder’s guidelines he designed an inspirational, meditative space that fosters creative interaction among scientists and harmonizes with the serene Marin County landscape.

Visitors taking part in docent-led tours have an opportunity to appreciate Pei’s trademark use of varied geometric elements and floating staircases, which are featured throughout both the administrative and research buildings. The Institute atrium is accentuated by a 75 foot-high skylight, similar to the Louvre Museum pyramid in Paris, which is another design of I.M. Pei’s. Indoor non-fruiting olive trees, another Pei favorite, are also featured in the atrium.

Here are my prophetic posts, made more so when I discovered the Kurd, Rubar Sandi, is on the board of the Buck Institute. My support of the Kurds alienated me from family and friends. I just talked to a woman at the Buck Foundation about applying for a grant. She directed me to their website. I told her about Royal Rosamond Press, and she said she will get back to me. I have my doubts, because the Rich and building a wall between themselves and the Poor. You have to be rich to be philanthropists. but, this may not be the case with the Buck Institute. Why can’t poor people disperse monies to poor people?

Yves Bouvier (born 8 September 1963) is a Swiss businessman and art dealer best known for his role in the Bouvier Affair. He was the president of Natural Le Coultre, an international company specialized in the transportation, storage, scientific analysis, and conservation of works of art, luxurious goods and other collectibles. In September 2017, it emerged that Bouvier is under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities amid allegations that he may have evaded more than 100 million euros in taxes related to his cross-border art dealings.[1] In February 2018, meanwhile, the Geneva Prosecutor reportedly opened a new criminal investigation into Bouvier relating to an indictment on charges of fraud.[2]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a number of royal decrees, including naming a young prince who is close to his son and heir as head of a newly established Culture Ministry early Saturday.

The new Minister of Culture, Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, was identified last year by the New York Times as the mystery buyer of a $450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus, the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.

The Wall Street Journal reported the prince had acted as a proxy for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when he purchased the “Salvator Mundi” painting. The Saudi Embassy in Washington said Prince Bader purchased the painting on behalf of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum in the neighboring United Arab Emirates.

Prince Bader is a contemporary of the 32-year-old crown prince and the two attended King Saud University in Riyadh around the same time, according to the New York Times. In 2015, Prince Bader was appointed as chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group, which publishes major Arabic newspapers and which had long been under the control of King Salman’s branch of the family.

In another decree early Saturday, the king relieved Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Sheikh from his longtime post as head of the Islamic Affairs Ministry. He had served in the post for nearly 20 years until 2014, was replaced for three months and then re-appointed in 2015.

Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Sheikh, another member of the Al Sheikh family, was appointed to succeed him.

Despite the ongoing Shefner case, and the links made by the media between Bouvier and the Beltracchi case, Bouvier remained relatively low profile outside of the specialised art world until 2015. In that year, however, two major cases thrust the Bouvier Affair firmly into the spotlight.[citation needed]

One of these involves Catherine Hutin-Blay, the step-daughter of Pablo Picasso. In March 2015, Hutin-Blay, the only daughter of Picasso’s second wife Jacqueline, filed a complaint alleging that 58 separate works had been stolen from her. Hutin-Blay alleged that the works were stolen from a store in a suburb of Paris that is run by Art Transit, a Bouvier family company.[18][19]

However, Dmitry Rybolovlev later announced that Bouvier had sold him the two Picasso paintings in 2013.

Rybolovlev handed over the paintings to French authorities in 2015.[20]

Bouvier denied any involvement in the thefts. In September 2015, Bouvier was formally indicted by the French authorities on charges of theft in relation to the discovery of two of the works by Picasso that Hutin-Blay alleged were stolen from her.[21] However, Yves Bouvier demonstrated she received the amount of 8 million euros through a Liechtensteiner trust for their sales.[22] All doubts against Yves Bouvier have been ruled out since and the prosecution of Liechtenstein has closed the case on 1 December 2015.[23]

The Hutin Blay case coincided with a separate case involving allegations made by Rybolovlev forming the major part of the affair. In February 2015, Bouvier was indicted in Monaco on charges of fraud and complicity in money laundering. The charges followed a criminal complaint made by Rybolovlev’s family trust alleging that Bouvier had systematically overcharged it over a period of 10 years to acquire paintings.[3][24][25]

On 26 February 2015, the Swiss merchant was arrested in Monaco upon an accusation by Dmitry Rybolovlev.[26] The Russian billionaire accuses Yves Bouvier of defrauding him on several hundred millions of dollars over the sale of 37 paintings since 2003. Yves Bouvier has always denied all accusations, arguing he first heard about the complaint when he was arrested.[27] Indeed, the price and the terms of each sale had always been carefully agreed by both parties.[27] Rybolovlev charged Yves Bouvier for fraud and money laundering in Monaco. An ambush was organized to arrest him: Rybolovlev invited the Swiss businessman to Monaco to discuss pending payment of a Rothko painting.[28] Eight policemen arrested Yves Bouvier just before he entered Rybolovlev’s property.[27][28]

Prince Mohammed’s consolidation of power has upended decades of efforts by previous Saudi rulers to build loyalty and consensus within the royal family. And even before the disclosure of the record-breaking purchase in a New York art auction by one of his associates, Prince Mohammed’s extravagance had already raised eyebrows, most notably with the impulse purchase two years ago in the south of France of a Russian vodka titan’s 440-foot yacht, for half a billion dollars.

A spokeswoman for Christie’s, the auction house that sold “Salvator Mundi,” said it did not comment on the identities of any buyers or sellers without their permission. Prince Bader did not respond to a detailed request for comment. But as The Times was pressing for a response on Wednesday, the newly opened branch of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, tweeted that the painting “is coming to Louvre Abu Dhabi.” The Saudi crown prince is a close ally of his counterpart in Abu Dhabi.

Documents provided from inside Saudi Arabia and reviewed by The Times reveal that representatives for the buyer, Prince Bader, did not present him as a bidder until the day before the sale. He was such an unknown figure that executives at Christie’s were scrambling to establish his identity and his financial means. And even after he had provided a $100 million deposit to qualify for the auction, the Christie’s lawyers conducting due diligence on potential bidders pressed him with two pointed questions:

Where did he get the money? And what was his relationship with the Saudi ruler, King Salman?

Real estate, Prince Bader replied, without elaborating. He was just one of 5,000 princes, he told the auction house, according to documents and people involved.

Less than two weeks earlier, on Nov. 4, the crown prince had ordered the crackdown on more than 200 of the richest Saudi princes, businessmen and government officials. The kingdom had been squeezed by years of low oil prices, and Prince Mohammed was seeking to recover hundreds of billions of dollars in alleged illicit gains.

“Salvator Mundi” represented a major prestige purchase in the art world, if a controversial one. Some experts questioned whether the painting was a true Leonardo. Some were simply unimpressed. The painting’s previous owner, Dmitry E. Rybolovlev, is a Russian billionaire who bought a $95 million Florida home from  Donald J. Trump nearly a decade ago. Mr. Rybolovlev had paid $127.5 million for the painting in 2013 — less than a third of its sale price last month — and he is still locked in litigation with the dealer who sold it to him over that lofty price, among other transactions.

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