A federal appeals court is reviving a lawsuit by an artist who says he is owed nearly $12.6 million for 29 sculptures he designed for the Saudi royal family.
Elli Bern Angellino, who filed his suit without being represented by a lawyer, says 16 members of the Saudi royal family asked him to produce the art pieces in 2006 and 2007.
The sculptures were custom-made in Switzerland at the Family Studio of Angellino Arte in Lugano, delivered to Angellino in New York City and shipped to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Angellino says members of the Saudi family personally signed for the shipments.
Angellino made numerous attempts to collect payment by sending invoices to the defendants and to the Saudi Embassy in Washington. Finally, he sued. A federal court dismissed his case.