Realtors Gone Wild

Manhattan brokers, Dianne Dunne and Barbara Stone, each raked in $1.9M for helping unload a hot painting. Meanwhile, broker Gideon Fountain handles summer rentals; where's the justice?

Manhattan brokers, Dianne Dunne and Barbara Stone, each raked in $1.9M for helping unload a hot painting. Meanwhile, broker Gideon Fountain handles summer rentals; where’s the justice?

Holy &%@#! A couple of Manhattan real estate agents  from The Corcoran Group got paid $1.9M each for assisting in the sale of one of Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” series for $43M. The painting was formerly owned by ousted Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos* and his wife, Imelda.

*Ol’ Ferdinand, you’ll recall, was accused of complicity in the assassination of a political opponent and looting the public treasury of billions of dollars. How was this behavior different from, say, Vladimir Putin, Fidel Castro, Yassar Arafat, and the many, many other corrupt foreign leaders? Marcos was pro-Western! That, above all, was his unpardonable sin.

3 thoughts on “Realtors Gone Wild

  1. For a couple of generations, brokers worked hand-in-hand with trust and estate officers. After Auntie Gertrude died in her 12 room Park Avenue coop and left no heirs but a bucketload of silver and china and antiques, the trust officer would come in first, then the agent, and if the two had a working relationship, the agent might go home with some ill gotten goods. So too the banker. Who is to know other than ones conscience? Jiminy Cricket said it best: Let your conscience be your guide. [Unless the silver is sterling and the antiques American Federal.]

    The only difference in the story you profile versus mine is the Corcoran women were dumb enough to get caught.

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