ARMONK, N.Y. In a banquet hall filled Sunday with artwork at the Brynwood Country Club in Armonk, many residents came out to bid on a number of rare pieces to help benefit a local family who got taken by an infamous con man.
Well be selling artwork that is from a terribly large family that was victimized by Madoff, said Dominic Briscoe of Bernie Madoff, the former financier now serving a 150-year sentence in federal prison for running a $65 million Ponzi scheme. Briscoe was the auctioneer of the event on Sunday. Theyre selling their personal collection. Its not one household, its extended. They all threw in together.
With dozens and dozens of paintings, drawings and sketches filling the room, there was plenty to choose from even for those only interested in browsing.
I just love art and I love to look at it, I figured Id come here rather than go into the city, said Armonk resident Dania Greenberg. Its amazing, I was surprised to see the variation and how many Picassos there were.
Anyone who was interested in buying particular paintings could walk around the room and place a yellow sticker on the item to be sure it would be up for bid. Briscoe would present each painting and then gave a brief biography of the artist and a description of the piece of work. He described the assortment of paintings as ranging from collectible to wealth level investment as there were even some Picasso and Andy Warhol works in the collection.
The actual auction only had a handful of bidders sitting down, though, with some of the paintings sold for a discount.
This is like were selling stolen goods today, Briscoe said. This is not indicative. We usually have standing room only.