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A man on the run, millions of dollars missing, major artworks with multiple claims to ownership: these aren’t plot points in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, they’re elements of the real-life rise, fall, and disappearance of the young art dealer Inigo Philbrick.
The son of a lauded museum director and a graduate of the esteemed Goldsmiths University of London, Philbrick got his start in the art market as an intern at the world-renowned White Cube gallery at the tender age of 23. There, under the tutelage of founder Jay Jopling, he quickly rose through the ranks to lead a successful in-house private-sales division, before striking out on his own as a big-money dealer who would go on to boast permanent spaces in London and Miami, central seats at every major evening auction (where he was a frequent buyer and third-party guarantor), and a lavish lifestyle punctuated by private-jet flights around the world and even a celebrity-socialite paramour.
In short, Philbrick seemed to be the art market’s golden child—until in late 2019, the lawsuits against him started landing fast and furious. Suddenly, the one-time prodigy stood accused of forging legal documents, refusing to pay enormous debts, and literal double-dealing of artworks priced in the millions of dollars each. And rather than stay and defend himself in court, Philbrick instead vanished into thin air, leaving his one-time partners and clients to fight over scraps.
Today, reams of legal documents point to his apparent modus operandi: selling the same partial shares of pieces by…
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