Water McBeer gallery is pleased to announce a very exclusive 48 hour viewing of Vincent van Gogh's "View of the Sea at Scheveningen" 1882 with Mr. McBeer and friends on Roman Abramovich's 550 ft. yacht, the Eclipse.
In December 2002, “Scheveningen” was stolen from the Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Dutch police captured and convicted two men in December 2003, but the painting was never recovered. Today, it remains on the FBI’s TOP TEN Unrecovered List, along with King Tut’s original gold-cast sarcophagus, and an Incan ceremonial headdress said to be over seven thousand years old. Each of these totems were stolen in brazen daylight heists, and are considered coveted additions to any serious collection.
Due to the generosity of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates and emir of Abu Dhabi, negotiations with the anonymous owner of the “View of the Sea at Scheveningen” have resulted in an offering of the painting for auction. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) at the request of the owner.
Hosted off the coast of Dubai in international waters on Abramovich’s yaht, this exhibition is the beginning of a series of ongoing “black market” auctions of priceless works co-hosted by Water McBeer and curated by Andrew McClintock, director of the Walter and McBean galleries at the San Francisco Art Institute.
A $10,000 entrance fee will apply. Guests will be treated to dinner with wine and cheese pairings that will accompany a prix fixe menu for $72,000/ plate, or the discounted price of $425,000/ table. Please contact Sky Tzackini-Jones for reservations and a complementary DVD featuring information on the accommodations offered on the Eclipse.
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