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David Nahmad
Born1947 (age 73–74)
CitizenshipMonaco
OccupationRetired art dealer
Net worthUS$1.9 billion (May 2020)[2]
Spouse(s)Colette Soued
Children3, including Helly Nahmad
Parent(s)Hillel Nahmad
Mathilde Safra
RelativesGiuseppe "Joseph" Nahmad (brother)
Ezra Nahmad (brother)

David Nahmad (born 1947) is a Monegasque billionaire and former fine art dealer.[3] A descendant of a Syrian[4][5] Jewish art family residing in Monaco,[6] he and his relations are perhaps the single biggest buying force in fine art.[3]

Origin

The roots of the Nahmad family are in Aleppo, Syria, where Sephardic Jewish[7] banker Hillel Nahmad lived until just after the Second World War. Following anti-Jewish violence in 1947, Hillel Nahmad moved to Beirut, Lebanon and when the situation there became difficult, Hillel took his three sons, Joseph (Giuseppe), Ezra and David, to Milan in the early 1960s.

Art dealing

As teenagers in the 1960s, they began to deal in art. Ezra and David used free-time after school to trade on the Italian stock market. At a Juan Gris exhibition in Rome organised by cubist dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Ezra and David bought two works – the only pieces sold. Kahnweiler befriended them, selling them works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Juan Gris.[8] With the emergence of the Red Brigades terror group in the 1970s, Milan was perceived as too dangerous, and the family moved again. Joseph and Ezra headed for Monaco, and David to New York City.

Helly Nahmad Gallery, on Madison Avenue, is a company run by David’s son Hillel "Helly" Nahmad, who took over his father’s earlier Davlyn Gallery in 2000.

Jeffrey Deitch, a former dealer and current director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, once described the Nahmads as "like a major brokerage firm in the stock market", adding: "The market needs a force like this to function."[7] Sarah Thornton discusses their significant influence on the auction market Seven Days in the Art World[9].

According to the cartel presented at the Beyeler Fondation in Basel during The young Picasso Periods blue and pink exhibition, the Nahmad collection now owns Young Girl with a Flower Basket (1905), bought in 2018 for 115 million dollars at the Rockefeller sale at Christie's.

Seated Man with a Cane

In 2011, Philippe Maestracci filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeking title to the 1918 Amedeo Modigliani painting Seated Man with a Cane, valued at more than $25 million.[10] Maestracci claimed that the painting had been looted from his grandfather, Oscar Stettiner, during World War II.[10] In 2012, after Defendants moved to dismiss, Maestracci’s counsel withdrew that complaint.[10] In 2015, the Limited Ancillary Administrator for the Estate of Oscar Stettiner filed suit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, seeking the same relief sought in federal court.[10] The amended complaint in that action was the subject of a recent motion to dismiss with Defendants’ counsel arguing, among other things, that Defendants purchased the painting in good faith at a public Christie’s auction in London, that Oscar Stettiner did not actually own the subject painting, and that provenance research about the painting is being provided by experts in the field. Plaintiff's counsel contends that this painting had been sold out of the possessions of Jewish art dealer Oscar Stettiner by an administrator appointed under the Nazi occupation of Paris.[11]

Personal life

Nahmad is married to Colette Nahmad.[12] They have three children, Helly Nahmad, Joe Nahmad, and Marielle Safra.[13] Marielle is married to Edmond M. Safra, son of the late Brazilian banker Moise Safra.[14][15]

He is the 1996 Backgammon World Champion[16] and is known for betting large amounts of money on the game.

References

  1. ^ "David Nahmad, about art, Moscow and the Principality of Monaco". www.hellomonaco.com. October 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Forbes profile: David Nahmad". Forbes. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b [1] Archived April 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Bernstein, Jake (2017-11-21). Secrecy World (Now the Major Motion Picture THE LAUNDROMAT): Inside the Panama Papers, Illicit Money Networks, and the Global Elite. Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 978-1-250-12669-6.
  5. ^ Pury, Simon de (2017-01-01). The Auctioneer: Adventures in the Art Trade. Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1-925575-26-2.
  6. ^ "David Nahmad, about art, Moscow and the Principality of Monaco". HelloMonaco. 11 October 2017.
  7. ^ a b Peter Aspden (December 21, 2012), Art dealer who bought and sold with immaculate timing Financial Times.
  8. ^ Jackie Wullschlager (November 11, 2011), Lunch with the FT: Helly Nahmad Financial Times.
  9. ^ L.), Thornton, Sarah (Sarah (2 November 2009). Seven days in the art world. New York. ISBN 9780393337129. OCLC 489232834.
  10. ^ a b c d "Estate Sues Nahmad Gallery Network for Modigliani Portrait". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  11. ^ Katrin Langhans, Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer, Kia Vahland: "Panama Painting. Defendants lost their motion to dismiss this case and additional evidence has been presented by the Plaintiffs, which substantiates their claim. Interestingly, David Nahmad claims that Christie's agreed to reimburse him and yet he continues to defend his position, without substantial evidence. Über einen von den Nazis geraubten Modigliani, der vor seinem rechtmäßigen Eigentümer versteckt wird". Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 9, 2016, p. 11-13, listing the whereabouts of the painting since 1930.
  12. ^ "Denise Amon, September 29, 2013, Beloved wife of Dr. René Amon". Chicago Tribune. October 1, 2013. Dear sister of Jacqueline (the late Raymond) Harari, Nadia (Albert) Chowaiki, Evelyn (Enrico) Matalan, Ezra (Marie) Nahmad, David (Colette) Nahmad and the late Albert (Arlette) Nahmad and Joseph Nahmad
  13. ^ Vogel, Carol (7 May 2013). "Cézanne and Modigliani Push Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Art Sale to $230 Million". New York Times. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  14. ^ Clarke, Katherine (22 July 2016). "Safra banking scion wants $65K a month for Fifth Avenue pad". The Real Deal. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  15. ^ Onifade, Fola (18 June 2014). "Wealthy Brazilian banking family endows Wharton professorship". The Daily Pennsylvanian. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  16. ^ "Backgammon Hall of Fame". Bkgm.com. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
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