A star antiques professional recognized for sizing up treasures on “Antiques Roadshow” claims he was deceived by a lady who scammed her public sale home for greater than $100,000—and to recuperate the money. suing for.
Leigh Keno, who, alongside along with her twin brother, Leslie, has lengthy been a fixture on the PBS TV program, says the customer appeared respectable as a result of she purchased $5,000 to $10,000 price of things directly, and was at all times billed. paid.
He mentioned, ‘Checks didn’t bounce.
The customer, whose identify seems to be Chihyu Lu however goes by Grace Lu, then went purchasing for a laundry checklist of Asian furnishings and ornamental gadgets, together with a bronze “Liberation” cup with animal handles, a cat Key watercolor work and a dragon-carved show cupboard, Keno mentioned.
He counted $178,450 price of products, which Keno mentioned he let her decide up with a promise to pay later.
“I kicked myself that I let it occur,” mentioned Keno, who runs Keno Auctions on the Higher East Aspect. “I have been in enterprise my complete life. That is the primary time this has occurred.”
Lou took about 40 items in July 2020, paying $45,000, however then refused at hand over the remaining $133,450 in 2021, in line with a lawsuit filed by the public sale home in opposition to Lou in Manhattan State Supreme Court docket.
Lu claims he tried to resell among the gadgets and was advised they gave the impression to be “aftermarket copies” in line with court docket papers.
Keno mentioned the gadgets weren’t introduced as antiques from a specific interval and that Lu checked out his showroom for a number of weeks earlier than buying them.
Keno mentioned Lu later bid at Keno’s public sale underneath a distinct identify in January 2022, shopping for virtually half of the sale. He mentioned that when his staff realized it was the identical particular person, they advised him to pay his full invoice and by no means heard again.
Keno mentioned he was talking as a result of Lou was allegedly taking him for rides to different public sale homes.
In line with paperwork reviewed by The Publish, since 2020, it has bid on greater than $230,000 price of treasures offered by varied public sale homes through reside auctions web sites and has by no means accomplished the transaction.
Amongst them was reportedly David Killeen, who runs an identical public sale home in Chelsea. He advised The Publish that Lu was a bidder for about $13,000 in Asian items a month in the past and refused to pay for the products or take them.
He mentioned that successful an merchandise at public sale is taken into account a authorized settlement to purchase it.
Killeen mentioned they’d lose worth in the event that they have been put up for public sale once more.
“Individuals suppose, ‘Oh, there should be one thing flawed with this as a result of the one that purchased it by no means paid for it,'” he mentioned. “It will get what we name a foul scent in enterprise.”
Killeen mentioned she lastly requested Lou to pay for her gadgets this week after she advised him that one other purchaser was keen to spend hundreds for the $900 “sword leg” desk she gained. She mentioned that she had come working to select him up and pay his invoice.
Lu didn’t instantly return a request for remark.