British art dealer jailed in US over £25 million fraud 


A celebrated British art dealer has been jailed in the US on charges of defrauding his customers of up to $30 million (£25m) using works by artists including Picasso, Chagall and Signac, among others. 

Timothy Sammons, 63, apologised to his victims on Tuesday as he was sentenced to spend between four and 12 years behind bars.

Sammons, who was extradited from the UK to the US in 2017, and has been in custody ever since, said he was “extremely sorry for the trouble I caused people.”

The former Sotheby’s art dealer, who dealt in works by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Paul Gauguin, Amedeo Modigliani, and René Magritte, told the court: “It was not my intention to cause any grief at all. This wasn’t supposed to happen.”

Sammons pled guilty on July 2 to 15 counts of grand larceny and fraud.

His victims – at least four clients – were in New York, London and New Zealand, and the paintings involved included multiple famous works of art such as Buste de Femme by Pablo Picasso, Reverie by Marc Chagall, and Calanque de Canoubier (Pointe de Bamer) by Paul Signac, among others, according to the indictment.


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