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December 1, 2008 How does any painting get to be worth, say, $70 million? Documented evidence of provenance for an object can help to establish that it has not been altered and is not a forgery, a reproduction, stolen or looted art. Provenance helps assign the work to a known artist, and a documented history can be of use in helping to prove ownership. From: J Lindsay Sullivan Date: December 3, 2017 at 5:34 PM MST To: Sotheby’s Financial Services Lindsay Sullivan (Add as Preferred Sender) Date: Fri, Apr 27, 2018 1:11 pm To: Sent from my iPhone Dear Sotheby’s Financial Services, I took 2 courses through your education program, Understanding Trends In The Art Market and Art Business. Through these courses, I learned about provenance. ๐Ÿ’กProvenance is the history of ownership of a work since it was brought to life, who that work of art had been made for, whose walls its been hanging on, how many different hands has it passed through, who else has looked at it, and in some cases who else has loved it. This is what we LIVE for to get the great stories to tell, and often the story of the ownership can be just as interesting if not more interesting than the artist. The fact that the owner was a part of the artist’s biography really helped us to create a narrative. ๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ’กThe longer that something has been off the market, the better. A perfect auction piece has a great story behind it and so much of the story is based on the provenance.๐Ÿ’ก I see that you pride yourselves in your ability to provide funds with unmatched speed. With your experience, your in-house resources, and your underwriting focused on the art alone, I can access funds within a matter of days. This consultation is confidential and your financial services experts are always available to assist me. I attached some images of my vernissage in Rome, Italy in 2008 along with some newer works. Because my life was being threatened in Italy, I was forced to give many of these works away with unmatched speed so that I could make it back to America safely. I heard via word of mouth in NYC that these works sold off the market for up to $70 million a piece (maybe even more). I am contacting you to ๐Ÿ’ก look into this matter๐Ÿ’ก for me, to help me ๐Ÿ’กtrack down my art and verify the prices in which they were sold off the market๐Ÿ’ก. I have completed a new body of work and would like to price my newer works accordingly based on how much money my older works sold for. I also am looking for an art dealer to represent me and my artwork exclusively, so if you have a list of trustworthy dealers that would be interested in representing me and my artwork, please forward this email their way. Sincerely, J Lindsay Sullivan From: Date: December 3, 2017 at 5:47:02 PM MST To:,,,,,, Subject: ๐Ÿ’กAppraisal 4 New Works๐Ÿ’ก โ˜”๏ธ Sotheby’s Financial Services, Here is an image of my art studio in Denver, Colorado and I would love for someone from your team or a trusted art dealer referral as a business partner to come look at my work and appraise it for me. Thanks again! Sincerely, J Lindsay Sullivan