The ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star is reportedly now aware that the priceless piece of art was purchased in her name and the ‘Noel Roberts Trust’ which is used by the reality star to purchase the property.
At first, Kim denied knowing anything about the situation and claims it’s the first she has ever heard of it. But, turns out, she just learned that the statue was allegedly purchased by her then-husband as a piece of a larger art deal.
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According to reports, Kim found out this week about Kanye’s art purchase which included the item in question. She claims it’s unclear if Kanye bought it as a gift, or if he just kept her in the dark.
It’s shocking to consider that KW would make a family purchase of this size without consulting with his wife — but, they are really really rich.
The Kardashian connection comes after the feds claimed the broker, in this case, is a Belgium designer named Alex Vervoordt, who allegedly shipped the statue to the United States. The same designer famously worked with the couple in building their massive compound in Hidden Hills, CA.
In this case, it is believed Vervoordt put Kim’s name and company on the paperwork while shipping it to the U.S.
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The Belgian designer broke his silence on the situation, saying, he purchased the item from a French gallery “in good faith” which claimed they bought it from a German auction house.
He continued, “At this point, there is no evidence that this piece was illegally imported from Italy. If the investigation proves that the piece was actually exported from Italy without a proper export license from the Italian Ministry of Culture, then we will of course take our responsibility.”
As we reported, Italian officials are claiming the statue was actually “looted” from the country and illegally exported to the U.S.
Bottom line…someone has some explaining to do.