KEY POINTS

  • A Picasso painting sold in the Martin Lawrence Galleries costs $100,000 lower than Hunter Biden's artwork
  • Devine said people buying Biden's paintings want notoriety
  • The identity of the buyers of Biden's paintings remain confidential

Some of Hunter Biden’s paintings cost more than artworks made by renowned Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, according to a columnist who visited one of his exhibits. 

During an interview on Tuesday's “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Miranda Devine said she found that paintings by Roy Lichtenstein and Picasso sold for less than those made by Biden after comparing prices between the artworks sold at the first son’s Soho art show to those in the Martin Lawrence Galleries. 

“I went across the road to a very high-end gallery called the Martin Lawrence Gallery and there I found that they have beautiful paintings by Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein,” the New York Post columnist said. “You can buy a Picasso, a signed Picasso, for $400,000, which is cheaper than Hunter Biden’s $500,000 painting.”

In the interview, Devine also suggested that people are only buying the younger Biden’s artworks partially due to “influence-peddling.”

"That's the only reason that people are buying it: for the notoriety and potentially for the influence,” Devine added.

Biden’s artworks are being offered at $75,000 for work on paper and up to $500,000 for large-scale paintings. The first son has reportedly already made $375,000 during a “pop up” exhibition in Los Angeles after selling five pieces for $75,000 each, a source familiar with the matter told The New York Post

The source did not disclose the identities of the buyers. However, they noted that people who were “allowed” to buy the first son’s artworks were long-term, private collectors with the Georges Berges gallery.

The sale of Biden’s artworks has raised a number of ethical concerns among experts. These came after White House officials, in July, inked a deal that would allow the people buying Biden’s artworks to remain anonymous even from the artist himself.

Under the agreement, Berges also agreed to reject any offer he believes to be suspicious or comes in over the asking price. Lawyers were also hired to help vet people looking to attend the gallery showing. 

Walter Shaub, the former Office of Government Ethics director under President Barack Obama, had previously called the deal “shameful” and “grifty.”

Then Vice-President Joe Biden (C) and sons Hunter Biden (L) and Beau Biden walk in then-President Barack Obama's Inaugural Parade January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC Then Vice-President Joe Biden (C) and sons Hunter Biden (L) and Beau Biden walk in then-President Barack Obama's Inaugural Parade January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / DAVID MCNEW