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 January 8, 2023

Court could force Hunter Biden's art buyers to identify themselves

Hunter Biden made headlines last year when it was announced that he planned to sell his custom-painted artwork, a hobby in which he had little experience, for six-figure sums to anonymous buyers. 

According to Breitbart, while Hunter Biden, and presumably the White House, was quite thrilled with that arrangement, as it kept the names of potential favor-seekers in the shadows, an Arkansas court could soon put the kibosh on their little anonymous artsy enterprise.

Breitbart noted: "Hunter has been working with a well-connected Chinese art dealer, Georges Bergès, to sell paintings to anonymous buyers for up to $500,000. Hunter has reportedly sold at least five pieces of art for $75,000 each. One of his reported paintings hangs in first lady Jill Biden’s White House office."

The White House had previously defended how the first son was conducting his art business.

"I can tell you that after careful consideration, a system has been established that allows for Hunter Biden to work in his profession within reasonable safeguards," former press secretary Jen Psaki stated at the time. "He has the right to pursue an artistic career just like any child of the president has the right to pursue a career."

The biggest concern with the way Hunter Biden hawks his artwork is the fact that favor-seekers flocked to use the possibility to purchase influence from one of the most powerful political families in the world.

The reason that an Arkansas court could force Hunter Biden to show the names behind the sales is because he's currently going through a child support legal case in the state.

Breitbart added: "Hunter might have to reveal who has bought his art because child support payments are being renegotiated between Hunter and the mother of Hunter’s illegitimate child. The mother of Hunter’s biological son formally requested the Biden scion disclose his art transactions. Child support is often calculated based on the income of both parents."

On Dec. 27, the mother's lawyer wrote to the court, "The plaintiff asked for detailed information about the defendant’s works of ‘art’ and the purchasers of the same."

The sheer sum of money Hunter Biden commands for his artwork could greatly influence the amount of child support that the state determines he would owe.

A Senate subcommittee recently detailed in a report how the art industry can be easily manipulated.

“Secrecy, anonymity, and a lack of regulation create an environment ripe for laundering money and evading sanctions," the report said.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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