US artist who sued Al Saud sees case revived

Artist claims he is owed US$12.6m for 29 sculptures, initial case was dismissed last year
US artist who sued Al Saud sees case revived
A US artist claims he is owned US$12.6m for 29 sculptures he sent to KSA (AFP/Getty Images).
By Staff writer
Wed 06 Jun 2012 03:43 PM

A US artist who claims he is owed US$12.6m by the Saudi royal family for 29 sculptures has seen his case brought back before court after it was dismissed last year.

New York-based Eli Bern Angellino initially brought legal action against the Al-Saud and 16 of its members in 2010, after claiming he designed and shipped 29 sculptures to the Gulf kingdom’s ruling family in 2006 and 2007.

According to court documents, the sculptures were custom-made in Swizterland before being shipped firstly to Angellino in New York and then the Saudi capital Riyadh. Angellino says members of the Saudi royal family personally signed for the pieces of art.

Under Angellino’s agreement with the Al Saud, they were either to pay for the works or return them. Angellino alleges that the recipients kept all of the sculptures and withheld payment.

The artist says he sent a number of notices and invoices to both the Al-Saud and the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington DC in attempts to secure payment before filing legal action.

A federal court dismissed the case in 2010 after a district judge ruled that Angellino had failed to meet legal requirements in pursuing payment for the works before filing a suit.

The current appeal against that ruling will be heard at an appellate court in Washington DC.

When asked to comment on the case by Arabian Business, Nail Al-Jubeir, a spokesperson for the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington DC said that the embassy "has not seen the lawsuit".

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