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New York man robbed of US$1 million in art during party will keep throwing parties

Alexis Gregory invited more than two dozen people to his Manhattan home for a piano recital and art exhibit, and several gold figurines dating to the 16th century and other valuable items went missing

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 November, 2017, 3:41pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 November, 2017, 8:54pm

A fine arts publisher in New York is seeking the return of gold figurines worth an estimated US$1 million which were apparently stolen during a party at his Manhattan home.

Alexis Gregory, 81, had invited 25 people to attend a piano recital and art exhibition at his Upper East Side apartment on Friday, a police spokesman said.

Soon after 11:00pm, after the guests had left, it was discovered that “seven to eight gold figurines were missing,” the spokesman said.

Among them was an ivory angel statue, gold Italian dancers, a gold figurine of a man in a bejewelled house as were a jewelled ivory pendant and a portrait carved out of ivory.

Authorities were investigating and there have been no arrests.

Gregory is the founder of Vendome Press, which publishes books on fine art and architecture.

The art collector is known for his parties, hosted in his apartment not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art or at his home in the Hamptons, a popular holiday spot for wealthy New Yorkers.

Gregory didn’t have video surveillance equipment in his home. And sources said the host didn’t hire private security for the event.

“I am very upset,” the Swiss-born publisher told the New York Post.

“I hope it doesn’t happen again.”

He also told the New York Daily News that despite the apparent theft, he did not intend to stop hosting his events.

“I’ll continue doing things the way I do them.”

Additional reporting by Tribune News Service