October 14, 1989 |
Two prominent Beverly Hills art dealers have emerged as key figures in a multimillion-dollar art fraud case that is causing severe repercussions for some local art dealers as an investigation by local and federal authorities expands. A Los Angeles police affidavit obtained by The Times names Lee Sonnier, 42, former manager of the prestigious Rodeo Drive branch of Upstairs Gallery, as a primary suspect in the case. It also identifies Stanley R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1989 |
A prominent Beverly Hills art dealer was charged with five counts of grand theft Tuesday in connection with a widening police investigation into art fraud in Southern California. Lee Sonnier, former manager of the Upstairs Gallery on Rodeo Drive, was charged with failing to deliver four pieces of art that were sold for about $872,000. Three were works attributed to the Impressionist master Pierre Auguste Renoir and one was a drawing.