Billionaire developer Harry Macklowe says he funded the art collection he owns with estranged wife Linda, so it should be considered a joint marital property.
The collection, estimated to be worth $1 billion, is in Linda’s name, the New York Post reported. Macklowe left Linda, his wife of nearly 60 years, in 2016 for museum director Patricia Landeau.
In depositions, according to the Post, Macklowe denied rumors he owns a Roy Lichtenstein painting that’s up for auction Wednesday. The painting, “Red and White Brushstrokes,” is worth around $35 million, and was reportedly owned previously by Landau’s former husband.
But Macklowe swore under oath he does not have any financial interest in the painting, according to the Post. [NYP] — Miriam Hall