At least five reproductions of Hunter Biden’s “art” pieces sold for $75,000 each ahead of a pop-up art show in Los Angeles featuring his work on Oct. 1.
Hunter Biden attended the art show’s opening at Hollywood’s Milk Studios, where he mingled with about 200 wealthy and influential guests — sparking more red flags about potential corruption.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been nominated by Joe Biden as US Ambassador to India, was among those in attendance.
“The Georges Berges Gallery sold the prints ahead of the Oct. 1 opening of a ‘pop-up’ presentation in Los Angeles, a source familiar with the matter said Thursday,” the New York Post reported. “It’s unclear who bought the reproductions — which cost a fraction of the top price of $500,000 for an original piece by President Biden’s scandal-stricken son — or if any more were sold after the show opened in LA.”
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Richard Painter, who served as President George W. Bush’s chief ethics attorney, explained in an interview with the Post that “recent conversations with attendees at his debut exhibition have shown that an effort by the White House to avoid influence by anonymously identifying buyers. will not work and should be scrapped in favor of a ‘Plan B’.”
Painter also spoke to the Washington Post, saying:
“It’s all a really bad idea, saying ‘the first reaction a lot of people will have is that he’s taking advantage of being the son of a president and wanting people to give him a lot of money.”
Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics under President Obama, previously told to Fox News that Biden’s art career has an “embarrassing and grim feel”.
A team of lawyers is currently investigating people interested in attending his New York City art exhibition, which has been postponed until spring.
The Los Angeles show will run through November.
Joe Biden snapped at a reporter who questioned him on Saturday about possible corruption.
“Are you concerned about possible corruption in your son’s art sales?” the reporter asked.
“You’re kidding,” Biden said as his escorts shielded him from the press.