A socialite princess has been warned by a court that she could be fined “millions” for contempt of court after refusing to reveal the location of a $ 65 million Gauguin painting.
Principessa’s extravagant name Camilla di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, however, insisted in a Jersey courtroom that her mother was responsible for the painting and that she had no idea where the chief -Taihitian-inspired artwork by Paul Gauguin, ‘Hina Maruru,’ The The telegraph of the day and other outlets report.
Princess Camilla (now Principessa following her marriage to the Bourbon heir, Prince Carlo, who has a disputed claim to the missing European title) and his sister Cristiana are locked in a bitter argument over a trust created for them by their mother, the Italian film star Edoarda Crociani. Crociani, 80, appeared under the stage name Edy Vessel in the 1950s and 1960s. His filmography includes the Federico Fellini classic, 8½.
Edoarda was the widow of Italian industrialist Camillo Crociani, who died in 1980, after amassing a huge collection of fine art, including the Gaugin.
However, Edoarda and Camilla parted ways with Cristiana, and in 2010, $ 130 million in investment and art was reportedly transferred to Edoarda’s name.
Cristiana feared that she would be prevented from inheriting the family’s wealth. During court proceedings in 2011, Cristiana described her upbringing as ‘golden hell’ and said she had been ostracized by her mother, obsessed with marrying her children into royalty.
Cristiana claimed that her mother forced her to marry Italian Prince Bante Boncompagni Ludovisi, a relationship that only lasted four months, the Daily mail reports.
In 2017, Edoarda was ordered to rebuild the fund, much of which was made up by the 1893 Gauguin, which would be insured for $ 65 million.
Princess Camilla, who lives between Monaco, Paris and Rome, and declares on her website that she is “very active in promoting the cultural, artistic, historical and spiritual identity of southern Italy”, refused to comply with an order to disclose the location of the painting and has now been warned that she faces a “millions” fine for contempt of court.
However, the princess’ legal team retorted that the painting was not her own and that she did not know the location of many of her mother’s possessions.
The temperature however, reports that Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith poured cold water on her complaint of ignorance, telling the court: “The court believed she knew where the Gauguin is. The way to purge contempt is to tell us. And she didn’t do that.
Princess Camilla married Prince Carlo, who claims to be the head of the Italian House of the Bourbons of the Two Sicilies in a ceremony in 1998 described at the time as the ‘blue blood wedding of the decade’. The clan, which descends from the Capetian dynasty, ruled southern Italy and Sicily in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Gaugin, as art history students know all too well, died in 1903 at the age of 55, penniless and unrecognized, of suspected syphilis.
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