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Princess Cruises in Art Auction Scandal

Discussion in 'Princess Cruises' started by Ally, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. Ally

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    Princess Cruise Lines has been auctioning and selling fruadulent and unauthorized prints of artist's paintings, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times . So far, the incidents are limited to Princess Cruises' in-house art program. Most other cruise lines, including close sisters P&O and Cunard, are run by another company, Park West Gallery, which is not involved in the scandal.

    The "fakes" are so far associated with two specific artists; California artist Charlene Mitchell, who is known for her landscapes, nature scenes, portraits, and animal-in-action scenes, and John O'Brien. Both artists were working with a Los Angeles-based art reproduction company who sold the prints to Princess. The company, Fine Arts Treasures Gallery, in Van Nuys California, was owned by a Kristine Eubanks who is now in custody, held without bail, after a long investigation by the FBI, the IRS and the Los Angeles Police Department who seized 15 bank accounts connected to Eubanks. A source close to the investigation said several million dollars was frozen.

    Princess claims they had absolutely no knowledge there was a problem with these prints, and Eubanks is now known to have sold her fakes through many other venues as well, including eBay and her own satellite-based television show. But at the time of the purchase, Eubanks was on probation after an arrest on charges of forgery, fraud, and grand theft. She was convicted in June 2005 in Los Angeles and given three years' probation. According to court documents, Eubanks used her dead business partner's American Express to run up more than $100,000. In October, a judge revoked Eubanks' probation on the credit card fraud conviction, and she is back in prison. A federal grand jury is expected to issue a new indictment leveling charges against Eubanks for the prints she sold to Princess.

    Princess has promised to reimburse anyone who bought one of the fake prints. However, this is not the first time the Princess-connected onboard art operation has been in trouble, as an article in the Broward-Palm Beach New Times points out. There is currently a lawsuit from a couple who bought what they were told was a one-of-a-kind original painting which turned out to be one of a series of original paintings the artist was creating and Princess was selling, all of them as "one of a kind." Technically, there is nothing illegal about an artist copying his own work, but the couple who paid $71,000 for the pointing were quite upset to find an almost identical painting selling for much less on a trip to Europe. Then they also discovered the the same series was being sold on Princess ships.
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    Luckily the only thing I got when attending the Princess Art auctions was the free bubbly.
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    But that was fake as well:laughalot: :laughalot: :laughalot: :laughalot:


    as was the sore head afterwards:laughalot:
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    It did have bubble though, and funnily enough was feeling a little queasy one day, two glasses of that and I felt better :biggrinbounce2:
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    I never understood Art auctions on cruise ships. Only art lovers, and the cruise lines do.
    Fake bubbly, eh John?:laugh: Never heard that one before.:laugh:

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