Hunter Biden is selling five prints for $ 75,000 each as the NYC show is pushed back

At least five prints of Hunter Biden’s artwork have already sold for $ 75,000 each, and a team of lawyers is investigating potential patrons planning to attend his upcoming gallery show in New York City – which has now been delayed until the spring, The Post has learned .

The Georges Berges Gallery sold the transcripts before the opening of a “pop-up” presentation in Los Angeles on October 1, a source familiar with the matter said Thursday.

It is unclear who bought the reproductions — which cost a fraction of the $ 500,000 top price for an original piece by President Biden’s scandal-scarred son — or whether more were sold after the LA show opened.

“But most of those who are allowed to buy works are long-term, private collectors with the gallery, people that Berges knows personally,” the source said.

Meanwhile, a leading ethics expert told The Post that Biden’s recent gossip with contestants at his debut show showed that an attempt to prevent influence by keeping buyers anonymous would not work and should be scrapped in favor of a “Plan B.”

Richard Painter, who was President George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer, said the opening in LA – where Hunter Biden mingled with about 200 guests – “just illustrates how this idea of ​​secrecy does not work.”

“It shows the deal will not be secret,” he said. “I think the White House should go to Plan B.”

As for anyone wishing to see Biden’s paintings in Berges’ Manhattan gallery, the source said strict screening measures have been put in place.

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Hunter Biden in front of one of his prints at Milk Studios in Hollywood.
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Hunter Biden’s artwork has reportedly been picked up for $ 75,000 each.
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Then there is Vice President Joe Biden with his son, Hunter Biden.
Hunter Biden has a long history of exploiting President Joe Biden’s political influence for money.
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“It’s a whole process to come in to see the Biden show. You have to call the gallery in Soho and they are examining people carefully, ”said the source.

“They laid down rules that a thorough examination of any collector must be carried out by a team of lawyers.”

The source also said the show in New York, which was due to open this month, has been pushed back to the spring, with the LA show continuing through November.

Former Chief of White Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter
Former White Ethics lawyer Richard Painter accuses Hunter Biden of using his art shows for influence.
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The purpose of the legal investigation that hired the lawyers and the reason for the delayed opening were all unclear.

Painter, now a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, noted that “buyers buy works of art to hang on the wall, not in a closet.”

“They tend to be rich people, and rich people come to their houses, and it tends to get around,” he said.

“Everyone wants to talk about it, and everyone wants to know.”

The painter said the best way to prevent anyone from getting leverage over the White House by paying the “crazy prices” for Hunter Biden’s artwork would be to only sell it after his father left office.

Unless, said Painter, there should be “full transparency” in buyers’ identities, and President Biden and his appointee should all sign “rejection” promises “to ensure these people cannot access the White House.”

“We did it in the Bush White House,” he said. “If people tried to contact the government who were business partners in Bushes, we made sure they contacted people who were not politically appointed.”

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was pressured by journalists about LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, the presidential candidate to become US ambassador to India, after attending last week’s opening of Hollywood’s Milk Studios.

Georges Berges Gallery at 462 West Broadway in SoHo.
The Georges Berges Gallery at 462 West Broadway in Soho is strictly examining collectors interested in Hunter Biden’s 2022 Gallery Exhibition.
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“Should we expect to see more people applying for jobs in this administration attend events like this in the future?” asked CBS News Radio reporter Steven Portnoy, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

Psaki was horrified when she repeated months of speech and in one case said: “Again, the gallery owner has spoken to-we have spoken to the details of what the gallery owner has accepted and what recommendations were made. I have done so several times. I “I have no further information about it from here. I will point you to them.”

Neither the Berges Gallery, Hunter Biden’s lawyer, his book publisher or the White House returned requests for comment Thursday.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has repeatedly denied any alleged links between art collectors involved in the Biden administration.
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