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Stefan Richter Buys a Banksy

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BanksyPhoto: Paul Nine-O via Flickr

Santa Monica's Bergamot Station held a final art auction for its C Building, which is slated for demolition to make room for the MTA's westward expansion. Among those bidding and buying was Finnish chef Stefan Richter, the evil genius from Top Chef who runs Stefan's at L.A. Farm in Santa Monica. Apparently, it was a big day for Stefan as the chef added a Banksy to his art collection, telling L.A. Weekly, "I got an awesome deal." Richter posted photos of his collection on Facebook, showing Banksy's Grannies, along with some great pieces by Ronnie Cutrone and Hans Bellmer. As to be expected from Stefan, his home gallery demonstrates a noticeable appreciation for the female form. [LAW]

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