Artist Accuses Hilton Daughter of Failing to Pay $10 million for Artwork, Osborn...
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Artist Accuses Hilton Daughter of Failing to Pay $10 million for Artwork, Osborn Machler Announces Artist says socialite carted away works without paying LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Socialite and member of the prominent Hilton family Ann Hilton is the target of a lawsuit brought against her by artist Alexander Presniakov alleging she stiffed the artist out of $10 million in original artwork. The suit, filed Aug. 10 in Los Angeles District Court, alleges that in Oct. 2008, Presniakov delivered several pieces of art to Hilton in her hometown of Las Vegas per an agreement between the two. Upon receipt of the artwork and an appraisal verifying the value, Hilton was to pay the agreed-upon price of $10 million but instead took the artwork without paying, the suit states. Hilton is the daughter of William Barron Hilton, the co-chairman of the Hilton hotel chain. According to Forbes Magazine, William Hilton is among the nation's richest men, with an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion in 2008. "Wealth and social standing may afford some people a bit of latitude in behavior like bringing dogs into restaurants, but this is beyond the pale," said Sim Osborn, the attorney representing Presniakov. "We intend to help Ms. Hilton understand the legal consequences of walking away with $10 million worth of another person's property." Presniakov is a well-respected neo-classical artist who has achieved international recognition for his paintings through his commissioned portraits of Princess Diana, Prince Charles, and President Ronald Reagan. His works, including paintings and sculptures, routinely sell for millions of dollars each, and are included in collections throughout the world, including Buckingham Palace. According to the suit, Hilton and Presniakov exchanged several drafts of the contract for sale of the artwork and the signed contract was due when Presniakov delivered the artwork to a third-party location for authentication. "Alexander delivered the works as promised, but Ms. Hilton was a no-show," Osborn said. "We intend to show that Ms. Hilton arrived two hours later and carted the works off without returning the contract, or paying Alex for his work." The suit also names Hilton's husband John McAuliffe as a defendant. "Alex has made a number of appeals to Ms. Hilton, but she has ignored him," Osborn added. "At this point, Alex is concerned that the work could have been resold, or stored in a condition that would damage the works." Presniakov is seeking the full price of the artwork, $10 million as agreed upon in oral contract, in addition to incidental damages. About Osborn Machler The attorneys at Osborn Machler represent plaintiffs in personal injury, products liability, and professional malpractice cases. The firm represents injured passengers and crew in airplane and helicopter accidents through its aviation law practice. Osborn Machler is noted for taking difficult cases and successfully taking them to settlement or trial. The firm has extensive experience representing injured persons against federal, state, and local governments. Because of the firm's litigation experience, Osborn Machler is frequently called upon to prepare large cases for litigation. Attorneys at the firm also represent clients in personal injury, premises liability, railroad, professional malpractice and maritime cases. CONTACT: Sim Osborn (206) 441-4110 Mark Firmani (206) 443-9357 Osborn Machler Firmani + Associates Inc. Sosborn@osbornmachler.com Mark@firmani.com SOURCE Osborn Machler Sim Osborn of Osborn Machler, +1-206-441-4110, Sosborn@osbornmachler.com; or Mark Firmani of Firmani + Associates Inc., +1-206-443-9357, Mark@firmani.com, for Osborn Machler
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