NY soloist sues dealer over violin payback

Eugenia Choi, who has been in the tabloids for other reasons, has filed suit against a former business partner over an unorthodox method of purchasing a violin.

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According to court papers, entrepreneur Samer Hamadeh asked Choi in 2008 to help him identify a pedigree violin that she would perform in high places, thereby ‘removing the instrument from obscurity.’

She recommended a Giovanni Battista Rogeri, which Hamadeh bought from dealer Rene Morel for $353,400.

Choi leased the instrument from April 2008 to March 2012, paying around $28,878.

Hamadeh then allegedly sold it on for half a million, without telling Choi or giving her a cut of the profit.

The auction record for a Rogeri violin is $519,004 in Oct 2011.

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  • “…Hamadeh is the founder and CEO of the on-demand wellness company Zeel.”

    The NY Post had to invent a euphemism for “massage”?

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