Late CEO’s girlfriend stole Picasso from Olympic Tower: suit

From left: Nina Stevens, Patrick Heiniger, 641 Fifth Avenue and Picasso's "Buste d'homme"
From left: Nina Stevens, Patrick Heiniger, 641 Fifth Avenue and Picasso's "Buste d'homme"

Nina Stevens, girlfriend of the late Rolex SA CEO Patrick Heiniger, swiped priceless works of art from the home of her former main squeeze’s luxury condominium at the Olympic Tower in Midtown, according to a suit filed by Heiniger’s daughter Alicia last week.

Among the pieces allegedly stolen from the Onassis family-owned tower are works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, carted away a mere three days after the exec passed away in March, the suit alleges. The current whereabouts of the priceless art works, it alleges, remain a secret.

Alicia, who is the executor of her father’s estate, believes five to seven valuable artworks were taken from Heiniger’s home at 641 Fifth Avenue, at 51st Street. Among them, she alleges, are a multi-colored Marilyn Monroe Warhol painting, Picasso’s “Buste d’homme,” two Haring drawings and Basquiat’s “All Colored Cast.”

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Attorney William Cahill Jr., who is representing the plaintiff, allegedly contacted Winchester Fine Art Services and Elite Systematic Arts, the firms Alicia claims removed and shipped the art to an unknown location, to find out where the pieces were taken. But the companies never responded, as Stevens allegedly ordered them not to talk.

Cahill also reached out to art dealer Tony Shafrazi, whose Chelsea gallery sold to both Stevens and her late boyfriend, to determine the ownership of the art remaining in the apartment in September. Shafrazi reportedly dismissed the requests, which the petition says is necessary in order for Cahill to do the proper accounting of the estate required by law.

Winchester, Elite, Shafrazi and Cahill did not respond to DNAinfo’s request for comment. [DNAinfo]Julie Strickland