Art gallery owner charged with theft


Art gallery owner charged with theft


Date: August 28, 2009
by: Robin Roy | City Editor


The owner of a St. Armands Circle art gallery has been charged with selling more than $250,000 worth of art on consignment and not paying the owners of those works of art.

Robert Preiss, owner of R&R Bond Gallery, was arrested Aug. 28 on grand theft and scheme to defraud charges.

Police say he sold several pieces of art, including the Salvador Dali sculpture, “Winged Triton 2/19,” and never told the owners that they were sold and kept the proceeds for himself.

Preiss was jailed on a $25,000 bond.

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  • This case bears striking similarity to the case of Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama V. Tamara Bane Gallery (owned by Robert Bane and Tamara Feuer-Bane). this case was reported in the LA Times in between the 2007 federal court trial and bankruptcy. In this case, that has dragged on for years in Chapter 7, Bane et al committed numerous art and financial frauds including embezzling. Like, Salander, Bane and his wife live a lavish lifestyle in a Beverly Hills compound and there is extensive first class traveling abroad. The art fraudsters really know how to abuse the system in particular the courts’ process that they cut holes in. Google "Tamara Bane Gallery" or visit
  • john peik
    Sat 9th Jan 2010
    at 12:06am
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