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Perls found not guilty in Calder case


Alexander Calder and Klaus G. Perls

The friendship between sculptor Alexander Calder and his gallery representative Klaus G. Perls turned the two men into “family.”  Unfortunately, the tight bond was recently shattered when Calders’ heirs claimed fraud.  

The Calder heirs accused Perls of withholding tens of millions of dollars from the sculptor, selling fakes and cheating taxes by hiding millions of dollars in a Swiss bank account.

The estate of Klaus Perls was found not guilty and the case was dismissed. According to Steven Wolfe, the estate’s lawyer: The case has been dismissed and the Court found, among other things, that the accusations were baseless. 

Wolfe shared with us the full court ruling, click here to read. 

About Alyssa T. Rehs

Alyssa Rehs is a fourth generation Art Dealer at her family owned art galleries, Rehs Galleries, Inc. and Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City, New York. She received an Art History degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 as well as interned at Christie’s Auction House, New York City. Using her art historian degree, gallery experience, and a summer spent working at the auction house, she has a well rounded understanding of the art market. Alyssa appreciates the market from multiple standpoints; art lover, art buyer and art seller!


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