The £113,000 gold serpent bracelet inlaid with turquoise and garnet has now been shown to be a fake. But returning to court to continue the clash this week, the dealer’s lawyers told Mr Justice Jacobs that they admit the £113,000 serpent bracelet has now been shown by experts to be a forgery. The bracelet was purchased in November 2014 for £113,000 ($125,000) and referred to in the invoice sent by Mr Eskenazi’s company as: ‘Serpent bracelet, Afghanistan, Circa 1st century BCE to 1st century CE, Gold with turquoise and garnet inlay’. The court is invited to conclude that the Hari Hara is authentic; and for the other objects, other than the serpent bracelet, the claimants have failed to establish that they are inauthentic/modern fakes,’ he concluded. Even if the court were to find that some/all of the objects were inauthentic, which it is bound to do for the serpent bracelet, given the above admission, the defendants contend that these were not sales by description (and) the contractual obligation on the defendants was that the descriptions of the objects reflected the honest and reasonable opinion/belief of Mr Eskenazi. At Medium, you aren’t constrained by your job description. Our head of user services was once the lead singer of a popular band (and brought the drummer to work at Medium, too). Experimentation is encouraged at Medium, and we do it a lot. When you’re partaking in the Wimbledon tournament, you’re going to need the right gym wear. Beyond the core benefits like health insurance, 401(k), paid time off, and lunch every day, we offer benefits that encourage continuous learning (a generous education budget for each employee) and cultivation of mind and body (onsite meditation, yoga, and a gym membership reimbursement). But Mr Eskenazi is still defending the claim, insisting that while he believed all the pieces were genuine, he did not offer a guarantee of authenticity when he sold them to the sheikh. The court heard that Sheikh Hamad, 40, whose dinner guests have included the late Queen Elizabeth II and who arrived at court during the trial in a Bentley, paid around £4.2million in 2014 and 2015 for seven pieces through the family company he heads up, QIPCO (Qatar Investment & Projects Development Holding Company).
The sheikh, whose £363million London home Dudley House is reportedly Britain’s most expensive private residence, bought seven pieces of art through a family company, after being told they had been created between 1,400 and 2,000 years ago and unearthed by archaeologists from caves where they had lain hidden for centuries. His family home, Dudley House, in Park Lane, London, which dates from the 1700s, is a 44,000-square-foot, 17-bedroom pile. He and his company ‘accept that, in the light of the evidence, the serpent bracelet is likely to be inauthentic/a modern fake’, Mr Green said. Mr Eskenazi, 72, and his company are now being sued by both QUIPCO and the sheikh personally over allegations that the artifacts, far from being ancient, are ‘the work of a modern forger’ and that Mr Eskenazi knew the £1.99 million Hari Hara statue was fake. Sheikh Hamad says he had the pieces examined after purchase by experts having grown suspicious, and found evidence they were forgeries, with modern materials including bits of plastic embedded in one of the items, a grotesque clay head. And in relation to one of them – a statue of a goddess known as the Hari Hara – the barrister claimed that the dealer ‘knew it not to be authentic’. But the barrister said the dealer is maintaining his position in relation to all the other pieces. A London dealer sued after selling £4.2million worth of ancient art to a super-rich Qatari sheikh has admitted to a court that at least one of the pieces was fake. One of our designers can lecture for an hour about the finer points of Polish typography. But it can get drowned out in an endless glut of noise. Emma Raducanu was kitted out in Tiffany jewellery worth an estimated £30,000 today as she stepped out on court for her opening Wimbledon match. Appearing on Centre Court to successfully take on Belgian player Alison Van Uytvanck, the 19-year-old star represented the jewellery brand she has been an ambassador for since last September. We love how she brought a little glam to centre court by wearing Tiffany & Co. jewellery. She sported a stunning pair of pearl teardrop earrings set in platinum, encrusted with diamonds and believed to be worth £7,575 from the Tiffany Victoria collection.
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For the Hari Hara, the expert evidence does establish that it is authentic. The seven objects in dispute are four carvings of heads, the Hari Hara statue, a Buddhist frieze and the serpent bracelet. Earlier in the trial, Mr Stewart had told the judge, ‘All of the objects here, if genuine, are remarkable. At trial, the dealer had insisted that in his opinion as an experienced expert in the field all the pieces were genuine. During a High Court trial which began in July this year, Mr Eskenazi insisted that all the pieces were the genuine article. Mr Eskenazi has sold three. The match against the Belgian was hard-fought for rising star Raducanu as she was forced to break her opponent after being broken in the second set to emerge victorious. Her road to Wimbledon 2022 has not been smooth sailing as the star suffered a ‘freak injury’ at the Nottingham Open while playing Viktorija Golubic earlier this month. The young star received a roaring welcome from British tennis fans at Wimbledon as her mother Renee and other supporters cheered her on from court-side. This is the 19-year-old’s second Wimbledon tournament, after entering the competition in 2021 having just finished taking her A-Level exams. However she won her first game on Wimbledon’s largest stage this afternoon as she made her Centre Court debut in a First Round victory against Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets. If you’re heading out for a game then get set and match Emma by clicking the link to shop her trainers.