Aug 8 2013

24 Mar

Jim McCann and Astri Blokbergen

August 8 2013: Jim McCann with a girlfriend, Dutch sculptor Astri Blokbergen, who came to visit him in Montpellier. James hoped to get her to buy the small sculptures displayed on the table, but she wouldn’t part with the money.

The sculptures were made by Abraham Habbah, well-known Iraqi sculptor based in France since 1955.

How did McCann acquire them? He stole them from the artist’s widow in 2011, after persuading her to finance a supposed “project” about her deceased husband. When Madame Habbah finally turned off the money tap, McCann fled, taking a stash of valuable sculptures with him…

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