For the judgment in a process in which we are talking about monkeys, dazzling Design and million, has chosen the düsseldorf district court, a tiny meeting room on the fifth floor. The announcement, published on Tuesday morning, not even a lawyer, but only a judge Petra Gundlach, takes only a few minutes.

In the civil proceedings, the court had to decide, who’s sculptures are the rightful owner of 70 Monkeys who had made the düsseldorf-based artist Jörg Immendorff. They had come 2015, eight years after the death of the master, in a spectacular auction series of the Cologne house Van Ham under the Hammer. The world marveled at the time about the proceeds of approximately 1.6 million euros.

this sum had inflamed the dispute: Who are you to stand? The Swiss Galerie St. Gilles, which was supported in the process of Immendorfs widow Oda Jaune? Or the process opponent, insolvency administrator Marc D’Avoine? The court awarded the money now St. Gilles, because the company was able to present appropriate contracts from the years 2003 and 2007. Liquidator D’Avoine was empty.

How it had come to this dispute? The key figure is called the Helge Achenbach. The art consultant was an important companion and friend of Jörg Immendorff. And he was to be a fundraiser: He should praise the works of the artist on the market, Immendorff was able to Finance his expensive life style.

Aldi-cheaters as a money buyer

Immendorff was not the beginning of the 2000s, only in poor health, his finances, it was good. He suffered from a nervous disease, its medical care, devoured large sums of money. Despite, or precisely because of its bleak diagnosis Immendorff noise celebrated the end of a fixed, ordered cocaine to the satisfaction of his “zest for Life” and a prostitute, what is a spicy dish brought to him, on top of that procedure.

The monkeys were an order, the delivery also Achenbach. St. Gilles, the gallery from Zurich, had given to the monkeys in order, Immendorff had poured according to the court, of Bronze, or better said: pour. Already heavily scarred by his illness, the düsseldorf-based artist commissioned a helper, which produced the larger-than-life sculptures in the series.

Also, the monkey should he sell, in consultation with the gallery on a Commission basis. Owner, he had never been, had given to the art consultant, in his testimony before the court.

However, for the sale of the 70 monkeys it came first. Achenbach was transferred to other operations of the fraud. He had turned, among other things, the Aldi the Albrecht family paintings and vintage cars far above value, Achenbach ended up in detention.

Who is behind the gallery?

His impressive art collection was then transferred to Marc D’Avoine, the liquidator of Wuppertal. The wanted to sell the works of art in order to satisfy with the money to the many creditors, the Achenbach in the neck.

The insolvency administrator has argued, according to court until the last, that from the possession of the sculptures, the property can be derived. In addition, the inventory lists had been presented, could hardly have been assigned to. Further evidence should provide invoices from the years 2010/11 more than 900,000 euros, which will have taken to the Achenbach art consulting GmbH for the sale of a portion of the monkeys. The court evaluated the evidence, however, of fictitious invoices. “In the balance sheets they don’t appear,” said a spokeswoman. The bills have created Achenbach, probably to fool the tax office. All a single monkey theatre.

How, and whether, the Swiss Galerie St. Gilles, and Oda Jaune divide the allocated proceeds of 1.657.600 Euro, can’t say that the düsseldorf regional court. The Swiss stock Corporation and the Immendorff widow have been in other proceedings before the court, as an armed opponent. In December 2013, Jaune has won a lawsuit against St. Gilles, because bills of around 1.2 million euros had not been paid. The sum was eventually transferred.

Who is really hidden behind St. Gilles, is still unclear. Notes are not to be found on a gallery operating on the Internet anyway. As the Board of Directors of Zurich commercial lawyer, of “a variety of families and ventures operates according to the register of companies in the private and business legal questions,” advises.

Helge Achenbach is sure to impress, the judgment is hardly yet. The düsseldorf higher regional court had convicted him in June of 2018 to 16 million euros set for the Albrecht family. Achenbach commented on the verdict with a nod to Joseph Beuys, the concept of a work of art was more important than the material execution: “I’m dematerialized.” Joseph Beuys was a Mentor Jörg Immendorff.

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