Alexis Gregory, 81, a wealthy Manhattan man has had $1 million of precious, 16th-century art stolen after holding a piano recital and art exhibit at his Fifth Avenue home

Party guest swipes $1m of gold Renaissance-era figurines

A wealthy man who lives on Manhattan‘s Upper East Side has had $1 million of precious, 16th-century art stolen.

Alexis Gregory, 81, held a piano recital and art exhibit at his Fifth Avenue home on Friday evening only to discover eight golden figurines were gone by the time the night was over.

Gregory is well known for throwing lavish parties and on this occasion only 26 guests were invited, but there was no private security at the event.

Alexis Gregory, 81, a wealthy Manhattan man has had  million of precious, 16th-century art stolen after holding a piano recital and art exhibit at his Fifth Avenue home

Alexis Gregory, 81, a wealthy Manhattan man has had $1 million of precious, 16th-century art stolen after holding a piano recital and art exhibit at his Fifth Avenue home

The piano recital was held at Gregory's three-bedrooms 10th floor apartment

The piano recital was held at Gregory’s three-bedrooms 10th floor apartment

The pieces are from the Renaissance and worth an estimated total $1 million including a a framed miniature portrait, adorned with jewels, of Louis XV (file photo)

The pieces are from the Renaissance and worth an estimated total $1 million including a a framed miniature portrait, adorned with jewels, of Louis XV (file photo)

Shortly after the guests left about 11:15 p.m., a member of his house staff realized eight of Gregory’s prized possessions were missing.

Police are now reviewing building security footage in a desperate effort to hunt down the thief with expensive tastes.

The pieces are from the Renaissance and worth an estimated total $1 million.

Gregory, the 81-year-old co-founder of Vendome Press – a publisher of illustrated books on interior design, the fine arts, French culture and jewelry – only noticed the theft when his housekeeper discovered the prized figurines were missing.

Gregory, pictured center in 2006, is well known for his lavish parties and exquisite art

Gregory, pictured center in 2006, is well known for his lavish parties and exquisite art

The piano recital was held at Gregory's $4.5 million apartment on Fifth Avenue

The piano recital was held at Gregory’s $4.5 million apartment on Fifth Avenue

Gregory only invited 26 people over to the recital but there was no security. Police are now reviewing security tapes from the building

Gregory only invited 26 people over to the recital but there was no security. Police are now reviewing security tapes from the building

Among the items, some of which date back to the 16th century, taken include a miniature gold statue of Christ and a framed miniature portrait, adorned with jewels, of Louis XV, an ivory angel statue, gold Italian dancers and a gold figurine of a man in a bejeweled house, a jeweled ivory pendant and a portrait carved out of ivory.

According to the New York Daily News Gregory’s 10th-floor, three-bedroom apartment, which is worth $4.5 million, is lavishly furnished.

Gregory even sleeps in one of two beds that once belonged to Napoleon.

His art collection includes Italian Renaissance bronzes, French and Italian old master pictures of the 17th and 18th centuries, and French 19th century paintings.

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