We have been contacted by an auction house, 2 galleries, 5 people claiming to be private collectors, 2 insurers, law enforcement in 2 countries, and many holders of judgement, creditors, investors and past and present employees. All in all we have so far received 32 communications regarding Carl Freer’s claimed “art collection” and in particular his ownership of a piece by Marc Chagall.
We have been informed that the painting featured in the picture has been previously put up for sale – the private buyer refused to continue with the purchase without the proper ownership paperwork, stating that his enquiries led him to believe that the artwork was fake and linked to the legendary art fraud incident committed by the New York art dealer Ely Sahkai who created Chagall’s fake paintings for the Japanese and Taiwanese art markets.
Chagall’s paintings are highly valued in the world art market, so when a three-time convicted fraudster, currently a fugitive at large, provides documentary evidence along with a photograph of the picture with his family, the global art market takes notice.
Their enquiries are ongoing. Predictably, however, there are claims that the art collection is fake – which leaves Carl Freer in an unusual position.
On the one hand he can provide the Providence and insurance documentation and claim legal ownership of this multi-million dollar work of art, and the other pieces in his collection.
If he did that it would leave his first wife, Anneli, in a precarious position as she is the 50% owner of Juanita (the company holding the art collection), and the collection, including the Chagall’s existence and value were not disclosed in her bankruptcy.
It would also be of interest to his current wife, Ericka Freer, who he is currently divorcing. She naturally would have an interest in the value of assets by her husband.
And naturally it would be of interest to the many ex-employees, investors and others who have judgements against Carl Freer that have yet to be satisfied.
Proving the Chagall to be genuine could be very expensive for Carl Freer.
So his other option would seem to be to claim that it is indeed a fake and of no value.
The problem with that approach is that it shows him yet again to be a liar, scammer and fraudster. After all, he used his art collection, and this very piece, to scam banks into financing his House in Stone Canyon, Beverly Hills.
What will Carl Freer do? Prove it is genuine and that he has the wherewithal to discharge his debts; or claim it is worthless and nothing more than a prop in a scam?
We will be providing further information on this ongoing expose as it unfolds.
In the meantime we pass our genuine gratitude on to Carl Freer for providing us with this excellent story in the first place.