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Kerby Jean-Raymond Photo: IC
British art dealer who stole
millions of dollars gets jail time
A British art dealer was sentenced to
up to 12 years in prison by a US judge
Tuesday for stealing millions of dollars
from the sales of paintings, including a
Timothy Sammons, who operated
out of New York, London and Zurich,
defrauded at least four collectors of
between $10 million and $30 million
by selling valuable artworks and then
pocketing the money himself.
The 63-year-old had pleaded guilty
to 15 counts of grand larceny and fraud
at a hearing in New York earlier this
On Tuesday, Justice Ann Scherzer
told Sammons that he would serve
between four and 12 years in jail.
“For years, the defendant peddled
a deceitful, money-spinning scheme,
garnering the trust of prospective buy-
ers and sellers only to defraud them of
millions and use the ill-gotten gains to
fund his lavish lifestyle,” said prosecu-
tor Cyrus R. Vance.
Between 2010 and 2015 Sammons
brokered the sales of several pieces
of highly sought-after art, including
Picasso’s Buste de Femme and Marc Cha-
gall’s Reverie as well as works by Rene
Magritte and others.
He failed to hand over the proceeds
to the sellers, either by not telling them
the artwork had been sold or mislead-
ing them about the timing of the sale.
Sammons, who previously worked
for Sotheby’s in New York, spent the
money on fi rst-class fl ights and private
club memberships. He also used it to
pay back debts owed to other victims.
Sammons put up some paintings as
collateral to get loans from a personal
fi nance company. When he failed to
repay the debts, the paintings were sold
at discounted prices.
“When brokering the sales of high-
priced, one-of-a-kind paintings, Timothy
Sammons had lying, scamming, and
stealing down to a fi ne art,” said Vance,
the Manhattan district attorney.
NAMOC marks 120th
anniversary of painter
Qian Songyan’s death
The National Art Museum of
China (NAMOC) kicked off a new
exhibition on Wednesday to com-
memorate the 120th anniversary of
renowned painter Qian Songyan’s
The exhibition features 20
pieces from the museum’s own
collection and 100 artworks from
Qian’s family as well as documents
across three sections.
Born in East China’s Jiangsu
Province in 1899, Qian rose to
fame in the 1930s.
He held his fi rst solo exhibition
at NAMOC in 1964.
The new landscape painting
school he led dominated the tradi-
tional paintings of the time.
The exhibition is set to run until
Acclaimed Haitian-American designer
Kerby Jean-Raymond will create a
new fashion line for Reebok, his label
announced Tuesday, as the struggling
sportswear manufacturer seeks to revive
Jean-Raymond, whose work has
highlighted police brutality against
African-Americans, will serve as artistic
director of a new division called Reebok
Studies, Pyer Moss said in a statement.
Jean-Raymond rose to fame at New
York Fashion Week in late 2015 when
Pyer Moss’s spring 2016 collection took
inspiration from the Black Lives Matter
movement, which campaigns against
racism towards black people.
He is considered one of the best
fashion designers of his generation and
his designs regularly feature references
to African-American culture and the
community’s role in the history of the
Reebok, a subsidiary of German
sportswear giant Adidas, has teamed up
with several high-profi le designers over
the years including Victoria Beckham
and Demna Gvasalia, now with Balen-
The tie-ups have come with the
growing “athleisure” trend, which has
seen sportswear take over the fashion
Reebok’s turnover fell 3.0 percent
year-on-year in 2018, data showed in
March, continuing a struggle for growth
that has persisted since Adidas took it
over in 2005.
It has been collaborating with Jean-
Raymond since 2017.
Pyer Moss designer to helm new fashion line for Reebok
ustralian model Shanina
Shaik claimed in an inter-
view with Australian media
the Daily Telegraph that the annual
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will
not be held in 2019.
“Unfortunately the Victoria’s
Secret show won’t be happening
this year,” the 28-year-old model
told the Daily Telegraph.
In May, The New York Times re-
ported on the possible cancelation
of the show.
The fi rst Victoria’s Secret Fash-
ion Show aired for one hour on
ABC in 2001, attracting 12.4 mil-
lion viewers, the highest viewership
numbers for the show.
The show switched to CBS the
following year and back to ABC in
- However, audience numbers
continued to decline, with the show
in 2018 only bringing in 3.27 mil-
This decrease in viewership may
be the main reason behind the
choice to cancel the event.
According to the New York
Times report, Leslie Wexner, CEO
of Victoria’s Secret’s parent com-
pany L Brands, said that he and his
colleagues “have decided to re-think
the traditional Victoria’s Secret
Fashion Show. Going forward we
don’t believe network television is
the right fi t.”
Victoria’s Secret and its models
have a large number of fans in
Chinese models that have taken
part in past shows, including Liu
Wen, Xi Mengyao, He Sui and Ju
Xiaowen, have captured a lot of at-
tention from Chinese audiences.
In 2017, Victoria’s Secret held its
annual fashion show in Shanghai.
It is one of three Victoria’s Secret
Fashion Shows that have been held
out of the US.
That same year, Victoria’s Secret
opened its fi rst store in the Chinese
US model Gigi Hadid and US
singer Katy Perry were both origi-
nally scheduled to appear at the
show, but did not end up making
According to reports, Perry
had worn a dress with sunfl owers
on it during one of her concerts.
Sunfl owers had been adopted as a
symbol the year before by anti-
China protesters. Perry also waved
a Taiwanese fl ag during the concert
in show of support for “Taiwan
She was replaced by Harry
Styles from British boy band One
In February 2017, Hadid posted
an Instagram video in which she
squinted her eyes in imitation of
Model Sui He poses on the catwalk at the
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London
on December 2, 2014. Photo: IC