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by artist Jeff Koons,
sold 4 > $91 million
at Christie's Auction House
most 4 work by living artist at auction.

Robert Mnuchin, an art dealer +
father of Treasury secretary,
had winning bid on behalf of client.🤔

Robert Mnuchin
would rather not discuss his client
(or his son, Steve Mnuchin)

The treasury secretary’s father,
a New York art dealer,
paid record price last week
4 a work by a living artist.
(Jeff Koons)

But for whom? 👈👁️
On Wednesday night,
shortly after gallerist
Mary Boone
traded in the Hermès 4 prison garb,
fat cats from
what is often described as
the world’s biggest
unregulated market besides
guns + drugs,
traipsed N2 Christie’s
4 its postwar art evening sale.
The gang's all there.

Peter Brant,
who served almost 3 mos 4 tax evasion,
sat near front of gallery.

Larry Gagosian,
veteran art dealer
who has settled 2 govt lawsuits
related 2 taxes.
(He purchased Warhol portrait
of Elizabeth Taylor 4 $19.3M.)
Man of the hour
was gallerist + former Goldman Sachs partner
Robert Mnuchin,
who was bidding
4 an anonymous client.📌

Got in on the action
when 1 of artist Jeff Koons’s
rare silver bunny sculptures
came up for auction,
starting at $40M +
quickly arriving at $60M bid.
The Koons silver bunny
arrived 4 sale
from the collection of publishing magnate
S.I. Newhouse Jr.,
who co-owned Condé Nast
+ died in 2017 at age 89.

But who was Mnuchin representing?
The man who
never stopped raising his paddle
was Robert Mnuchin,
the 85-year-old father of
Steve Mnuchin.

On black Casio Ravine flip phone
as the numbers sailed ever higher.

Eventually, he placed the winning bid:
$80 million,
which w fees amounted 2 $91.1 million.
Over next 24 hrs,
Robert Mnuchin’s wife,
Adriana Mnuchin,
got numerous phone calls
from friends
(who don’t know about art)
congratulating them on purchase.

Couple R not in habit
of buying paintings
4 nearly 9 figures.

Not about 2 divulge
whom he purchased Koons 4.
People have said likely scenario is
he was purchasing it 4
Steven A. Cohen,
art collector + hedge fund investor
[SAC Capital Advisors]
banned from 2016 - 2017
from managing others money
as part of $1.8B settlement 👈😱
w govt over insider trading.🔥
Steven A. Cohen is
prodigious fund-raiser
4 Republican Party.
Has long + deep involvement
in more *progressive-minded
art world.🤢

Despite his connections 2 Cohen
+ treasury secretary,
Robert Mnuchin says he's not Republican.
Contributes 2 Dems.🤔
Near tears 😭
when asked about his son Steve
+ refused 2 comment about their relationship.

But friends say he is in impossible predicament,
conflicted over his sense of duty
about being a loyal father +
his concern as a citizen
Orange Mob Blob
is bad for America.
Robert Mnuchin went 2 Yale.
After graduation,
he went 2 work at Goldman Sachs,
where he eventually took over trading floor.

He left in 1990 2 open his gallery,
Mnuchin Gallery.

Amy Cappellazzo,
chairman of Sotheby’s fine art division,
has done numerous trans w
Robert Mnuchin over yrs
describes him as “a modest guy”.
a man who lives in comfort
but not excessive luxury.
“It would have been vulgar
4 him 2 live another way.”
Adriana Mnuchin,
whom Mr. Mnuchin describes as
“my best friend” +
has been married 2 him
4 more than 50 years,
runs continuing ed program,
Roundtable Cultural Seminars
from 5th floor of gallery’s
Upper East Side townhouse.

Write that off!🤣
Robert + Adriana Mnuchin
fer sher live modestly.🤢

===> It would be vulgar otherwise.👆🤣

Just a widdle Inn / Spa
located in

Don't have time nor care
2 search 4 more.
But, ur getting picture, no?

Artwork personally owned by
Robert + Adriana Mnuchin
R all things they love.

“We’ve never had anything in a warehouse,”
Robert said.
“I don’t even like the word ‘collection.’
It sounds like stamps.”

🗣️🌬️🌬️💨 🌬️🌬️💨

[These folks R VULGAR]
Art + Irony

Irony, never lost
on my end.🎯

‘Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time’
at Mnuchin Gallery

An example of Cindy Sherman’s
“Society Portraits,”
was on view at Mnuchin Gallery.
Mnuchin gallery has up
50-year retrospective of
Willem de Kooning’s work.

Few other dealers have
ability 2 secure
so many prime pieces
from blue-chip collectors.📌

👁️Look at the artwork👁️
Brilliant works by de Kooning.👇
#Conflict 🐎👞
Over last few yrs,
Robert Mnuchin
has been having trouble walking.
This year, he skipped Art Basel in Switzerland
4 first time in about 2 decades!
So people were really happy
2 see him back out on Wed,
playing role in
what was arguably,
most *exciting sale of week.
Robert Mnuchin
finds moments like Koons auction,
parallel 2 his previous career in trading.

Had Steven A. Cohen's
usual art adviser,
Sandy Heller
sat in the gallery doing the bidding,
it would immediately have
drawn attention to Mr. Cohen.
"I was successful at
building relationships w
serious institutional people 🤔
I could work 4 them + myself
at same time.

That I could serve as their agent
+ be their principal."

~Robert Mnuchin, takeaway
from Goldman Suchs experiences
Daughter of Robert Mnuchin
+ sister of Steve Mnuchin.

4 wife of ‘Flashdance’ writer,
'Life of Privilege'
is also a call 2 action.🤢

Anyone who doesn’t know
Lisa Hedley
but brushes up against
aspects of her narrative
might see a life of privilege.
Steven Mnuchin's Ex-wife

Did you know Steve Mnuchin
was married 2
Heather Deforest Crosby Mnuchin?

She's fun.

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The Irony of Art

Robert Mnuchin,
Adriana Mnuchin,
Steven Mnuchin,
Lisa Mnuchin-Hedley,
Heather Mnuchin
Steven A. Cohen
Jeff Koons
Cindy Sherman
Willem de Kooning

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