November 11, 2006
The leader of Britain’s Communist Party has become a multi-millionaire — inheriting a £20.5 million painting that had been stolen by the Nazis.
It was snatched from the home of her German grandparents in 1936, but was returned to her as sole surviving heir under Nazi restitution laws.
Ms Halpin, 62, lives in Bow, East London. Asked how she would spend the cash, Ms Halpin, whose party believe in spreading wealth equally, said: “It’s too early to call — let’s leave it at that”.
The picture sold to New York’s Neue Galerie after frenzied bidding at Christie’s in Manhattan.
See also : ‘Communist chief joins the rich list with £20.5m for masterpiece’, The Times, November 10, 2006; ‘Comrades, fellow tankies, let’s not fall out over £20m’, The Sunday Times, November 12, 2006
- Earl Scheib
This song tells the unlikely but true story of the good capitalist, Earl Scheib, and how through his business he helped the People and shared his wealth. It is widely believed that his mysterious death was at the hands of ruthless Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca, rumoured to be fearful of Comrade Scheib’s influence on both the Proletariat and contemporary U.S. economic theory.
Source : Liner notes, Killdozer, Uncompromising War on Art Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat (Touch & Go, 1994)