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Art lover busted stealing from hotel and gallery walls to decorate apartment.

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Composition with Mechanical Elements-Fernand Leger
Composition with Mechanical Elements-Fernand Leger

Mark Lugo simply couldn’t resist all the beautiful art work he was coming up time after time on bi coastal sprees that netted him $430 000 worth of art. Of course what makes Mark Hugo’s case particularly compelling is the fact that he never intended to acquire the work for commercial reasons but simply for his own viewing pleasure.

To date the art lover has admitted to taking off with a variety of art works. Art work that he came across in his role as part time sommelier/server at various hotels, including Manhattan’s Carlyle and other times work he would come across at galleries, leading him to literally take work off the walls, put into a large shopping bag before exiting onto the streets. Which one supposes brings a new meaning to window shopping.

Hoisted work includes a nearly century old, $350 000 drawing by Cubist painter Fernand Leger. Taken from the same location, the Carlyle Hotel was also ‘Composition with Mechanical Elements.’

The NY Postreports that a total of 19 alleged stolen works were recovered from Mr Lugo’s apartment, with most of them adorning his apartment walls which Mr Lugo had until recently taken great pleasure in.

He faces sentencing later this month and could receive anywhere from a year to three years for the passions of his crimes.

 

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