Party arty

$1M theft won’t stop pub­lisher’s posh bashes

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA rparas­can­dola@ny­dai­lynews.com

THE PAR­TIES will go on.

Alexis Gre­gory has no plans to do away with the lav­ish pri­vate par­ties he hosts for friends, even af­ter some­one pil­fered nearly $1 mil­lion in fig­urines dur­ing a piano recital and art ex­hibit in his Up­per East Side apart­ment.

“I’ll con­tinue do­ing things the way I do them,” Gre­gory, 81, told the Daily News on Tues­day.

The co-founder of Ven­dome Press — a pub­lisher of il­lus­trated books on in­te­rior de­sign, the fine arts, French cul­ture and jew­elry — in­vited 26 guests to his Fifth Ave. apart­ment Fri­day night.

Af­ter the party ended, a mem­ber of his staff re­al­ized the seven fig­urines — some dat­ing to the 16th cen­tury — were gone.

Gre­gory wouldn’t dis­cuss what po­lice have told him, but said the art has value both sen­ti­men­tal and mone­tary.

“I col­lected them all over the world,” he said. “They mean a great deal to me.”

Po­lice said party guests at the build­ing near E. 72nd St. left around 11:15 p.m. There were no se­cu­rity cam­eras inside the three-bed­room apart­ment re­cently listed at $4.5 mil­lion. Gre­gory didn’t hire pri­vate se­cu­rity for the event at his 10th-floor apart­ment, which fea­tures a bed that once be­longed to Napoleon.

Cops are re­view­ing sur­veil­lance video at nearby build­ings, but had not re­ported an ar­rest by late Tues­day.

A minia­ture gold statue of Christ, an ivory an­gel statue and a gold fig­urine of a man in a be­jew­eled house were among the pil­fered items.

Po­lice urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the stolen items to call Crime Stop­pers at (800) 577-TIPS.

Gre­gory’s friends “were as­tounded” when they heard what hap­pened, but have been sup­port­ive since the big-ticket heist, he said.

Born in Zurich, Gre­gory came to the United States as a child. He grad­u­ated magna cum laude in 1957 from Har­vard Univer­sity where he stud­ied art his­tory.

Cop­per heiress Huguette Clark owned three apart­ments in the Up­per East Side build­ing un­til her death in 2011.

Alexis Gre­gory is still smil­ing de­spite be­ing robbed of $1 mil­lion in art from Up­per East Side home.

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