Earlier this year, Hunter Biden generated controversy after it was announced that he would be selling his drawings and paintings after suddenly becoming an “artist,” which raised concerns given that the art investment world is used by shady players around the globe for underhanded dealings.
According to the Washington Examiner, there’s once again reason to be concerned, as it was reported this week that Hunter Biden managed to sell at least five of his works of art for staggering prices — $75,000 a pop — to “unspecified” buyers.
Five prints of his artwork were sold by the Georges Berges Gallery prior to the official opening of a pop-up gallery in Los Angeles where his work was to be displayed and for sale, the New York Post reported.
It’s currently unclear not only who purchased the prints, but the report noted that it’s unknown if more of the prints or his original artwork was sold after the opening of the pop-up gallery.
Red flags raised
A number of people, including former ethics chief attorney Richard Painter, who served under President George W. Bush, said that the White House’s plan for how it would administer the sale of his artwork is clearly not working as intended.
“It shows the deal’s not going to be secret,” Painter said, referencing the White House’s original plan to keep buyers anonymous and private so as to mitigate the chances of bad actors gaining favor from the Biden family. “I think the White House needs to go to Plan B.”
Painter’s comments came in the wake of Hunter Biden being seen “schmoozing” with potential buyers at the L.A. gallery opening.
“They tend to be rich people, and rich people come to their houses and it tends to get around,” Painter said of those looking to purchase Biden’s work. “Everyone’s going to be talking about it and everyone’s going to know.”
White House responds
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was questioned about the recent L.A. gallery opening, where none other than Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, President Joe Biden’s nominee to fulfill the role of ambassador to India, was seen in attendance.
“Should we expect to see more people who seek jobs in this administration attending events like this in the future?” asked CBS News Radio reporter Steven Portnoy.
Psaki became visibly frustrated with the surprising question from the otherwise-friendly mainstream media, saying, “We’ve spoken to the specifics of what the gallerist has agreed to and what recommendations were made. I’ve done that several times. I don’t have additional details for it from here. I’d point you to them.”
So far, it appears as if the White House has already lost control of the situation, which isn’t surprising, but it also clearly signals that the Biden administration probably needs to tell Hunter Biden to find a new hobby, fast, as this one will likely result in more trouble than it’s worth.