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Pellicano Case Moves Beyond Hollywood (client bought notorious Serrano crucifix immersed in urine)
NY TIMES ^ | June 26, 2006 | DAVID M. HALBFINGER and ALLISON HOPE WEINER

Posted on 06/26/2006 11:30:30 PM PDT by Liz

Until now the Pellicano wiretapping case has seemed the kind of down-and-dirty imbroglio that could only happen in Hollywood, where a private eye's underworld patois could impress movie people familiar with noir clichés, allured by real physical danger and accustomed to getting whatever they want.

But confidential F.B.I. records show that the scandal's tentacles have extended beyond show-business figures to reach people prominent in the rarified worlds of fine art and classical music.

Among the government's most important witnesses, the F.B.I. records suggest, are Adam D. Sender, a prominent collector of contemporary art and a wealthy hedge-fund manager..........hired Anthony Pellicano, the jailed private detective charged with wiretapping and conspiracy, and that they knew he was surreptitiously recording their legal opponents, the F.B.I. records show.

Mr. Sender, 37, was a star trader for the Connecticut hedge-fund tycoon Stephen A. Cohen before striking out on his own in 1998. In 2001 he formed Exis Capital and made money hand over fist, according to the newsletter Hedge Fund Alert; by late 2003 its assets under management had reached $1.5 billion.

Like Mr. Cohen, Mr. Sender also plunged into the art world, hiring his own curator and investing in works by the likes of Matthew Barney, Keith Haring, Diane Arbus, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman and Christopher Wool......Mr. Sender paid $43,700 for Andres Serrano's photograph of a crucifix immersed in urine.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: andresserrano; hollywood; imbroglio; moviepeople; notorious; pellicano; pisschrist; privateeye; underworld; wiretapping

1 posted on 06/26/2006 11:30:37 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

Does he like real estate? Satan has a prime lot reserved for him right on the Lake of Fire.


2 posted on 06/26/2006 11:52:58 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Whats the matter with these Liberals? Didn't they learn anything in reeducation camp?)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

Maybe he better wear his asbestos water wings.


3 posted on 06/27/2006 12:19:55 AM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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.....Mr. Sender also plunged into the art world, hiring his own curator and investing in works by the likes of Matthew Barney, Keith Haring, Diane Arbus, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman and Christopher Wool. Mr. Sender has also shown a taste for the provocative: in 1999..... Mr. Sender paid $43,700 for Andres Serrano's photograph of a crucifix immersed in urine. And in 2005 Mr. Sender paid a record auction price of more than $1 million for another work by Mr. Ofili, "Afrodizzia".....


4 posted on 06/27/2006 12:41:54 AM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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To: Liz

As Mr. Barnum said . . .


5 posted on 06/27/2006 1:26:04 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Having a Kerry/Edwards bumpersticker on your car is like having "Born Loozer" tatooed on your arm.)
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To: Liz

43K for a photo?


6 posted on 06/27/2006 4:16:02 AM PDT by sportutegrl (People who say, "All I know is . . ." really mean, "All I want you to focus on is . . .")
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To: Liz

Interesting.


7 posted on 06/27/2006 8:57:59 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: sportutegrl


No price is too great for someone wanting to make a hateful political statement.


8 posted on 06/27/2006 9:15:56 AM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus
Mr. Sender paid a record auction price of more than $1 million for another work "Afrodizzia"...hallucinatory patterns of colored dots punctuated by tiny cut-out faces of black hip-hop artists and celebrities...

Isn't that Jesse Jackson's skeletal image peering out of the center?

9 posted on 06/27/2006 9:22:48 AM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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To: Liz

I'm still on my first cup of coffee. It looks like a street map of Hackensack to me. :)


10 posted on 06/27/2006 9:47:41 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Having a Kerry/Edwards bumpersticker on your car is like having "Born Loozer" tatooed on your arm.)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

Hmmmmm, you know, I think you're right.

Although I'm on my third cup.....caffeinated.

That's how I figured it was Jesse in there. LOL.


11 posted on 06/27/2006 10:07:56 AM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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To: Liz
Mr. Sender paid $43,700 for Andres Serrano's photograph of a crucifix immersed in urine.

Wow, my photo of a bum peeing on Bourbon Street must worth zillions.

12 posted on 06/27/2006 12:37:15 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Kooks For Kinky)
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To: razorback-bert


Man, you better hire a good accountant---you're gonna be rich with deep-pocketed suckers like Sender lookimg for "artworks."


13 posted on 06/27/2006 2:41:24 PM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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ping


14 posted on 06/27/2006 5:08:33 PM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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ping


15 posted on 06/27/2006 5:09:20 PM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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