Three men have been charged in the US with possession of handwritten notes worth more than a million dollars (£840,000) belonging to one of the Eagles founding members Don Henley.
Rosecutor said that Glenn Horowitz, 66, Craig Inciardi, 58, and Edward Kosinski, 59, knew that the documents – including lyrics from the band’s popular Hotel California album – had been stolen.
The men tried to sell the manuscripts, produced fake provenance and lied to auction houses, potential buyers and law enforcement about the source of the documents, the New District Attorney’s office said. York said.
They are also alleged to have been involved in a “year-long campaign to prevent Henley from recovering the manuscripts,” the department said.
The manuscripts include lyrics by Eagle such as Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, and New Kid In Town.
They were originally stolen in the late 1970s by an author hired to write a biography about the band, the DA’s office said.
In 2005, the biographer sold the documents to Horowitz, a rare book dealer, who later sold them to Inciardi and Kosinski.
When Henley learned that Iniciardi and Kosinski were trying to sell part of the manuscript, he filed a police report, told the defendants that the document had been stolen and demanded the return of his property – which which they refuse.
Horowitz, Inciardi and Kosinksi are charged in an indictment by the New York State Supreme Court with one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree.
Inciardi and Kosinski were also charged with possession of stolen property in the first degree.
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Horowitz was charged with willful possession of stolen property in the first degree and two counts of obstructing prosecution in the second degree.
“New York is a world-class center for the arts and culture, and those handling cultural artifacts must follow the law carefully,” said District Attorney Bragg.
“There is no place for those who seek to ignore basic expectations of fair dealing and undermine public trust and confidence in our cultural trade for their own ends.
“These defendants attempted to keep and sell these unique and valuable manuscripts, knowing they had no right to do so.
“They make up stories about the origins of the documents and their ownership in order to make a profit.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/men-charged-with-possession-of-handwritten-notes-by-eagles-founder-don-henley-41836227.html Men accused of possessing handwritten notes of Eagles founder Don Henley