A celeb art dealership took pieces worth nearly £ 500,000 in a criminal offense compared with a Hollywood smash hit.
Jonathan Poole, 69, of Poulton, near Cirencester, confessed taking paintings and offering art works he was not entitled to.
His criminal activities were compared with the plot of The Thomas Crown Affair at Gloucester Crown Court, where he was imprisoned for 4 years.
The court heard he represented the art estates of John Lennon and Ronnie Wood.
The taken products consisted of paintings of Princess Diana, Kate Moss, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Bono. Some pieces have actually never ever been traced.
The thefts were made over 3 years, with the pieces taken from British collectors, consisting of Dire Straits’ bass guitar player John Illsley, and a German art dealership.
Poole, a well-known wildlife artist, owned 2 art galleries in the Cotswolds however they closed after he faced monetary problems. He likewise aimed to take his own life, the court heard.
James Ward, prosecuting, stated: “He was relied on by the rich person who bought art.
“He was relied on by the globally well-known celebs, those family names whose art estates he represented, such as Ronnie Wood, Miles Davis and the famous John Lennon.”
He went on to call the case The Jonathan Poole Affair after the Hollywood movie The Thomas Crown Affair.
“Whilst Thomas Crown took as a difficulty, since his world had actually ended up being too stiflingly safe, Jonathan Poole took either to money a betting practice, or to store loan for later life or to money a way of life he could not pay for,” Mr Ward stated.
“Although confessing to the cops he was a bettor, the crown will never ever understand the genuine intention for him thieving on such a grand scale.”
At a previous hearing, Poole confessed 26 charges of theft and scams in between 1986 and 2013. He rejected a more 32 comparable charges, which were bought to rest on file.
Judge Michael Cullum stated his customers put a great deal of rely on him.
“You were well linked, much better than nearly anybody, to understand exactly what remained in your ownership and what does it cost? it deserved,” he stated.
“The recommendations put prior to me make it definitely clear that your expert understanding was undoubted and extremely related to.
“Against that, you were being deceitful in many elements of your life.”