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Marty Markowitz's Wife More Robin Hood than Art Thief

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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CHANGE OF ART Jamie, Marty Markowitz Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz wants you to know that his wife Jamie didn't actually steal valuable Takashi Murakami-designed place mats while at last Thursday's gala for Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She simply took eight so she could later sell them and give the proceeds to charity!

When asked about our item that Ms. Markowitz snidely refused to give up any of the mats (currently yours for $500 on eBay) she grabbed from fellow party-goers, Jamie laughed and told the told the Daily News, "It's a little true." Her hubby did, however, justify his wife's actions by claiming that if she decides to sell them, the profits will go to a program that helps send low-income kids to summer camp. Did you hear that? Marty Markowitz's wife is totally the Robin Hood of Brooklyn! Granted, she told us at the time that she was either keeping the money or giving the mats to friends, but we guess some attention in a major newspaper changes your perspective on things. (On a technical note, the Markowitzes said that if the mats are indeed worth $1,000, then they're giving the money to charity—but what if they just sell for $500 a pop?)

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At least Markowitz wasn't alone in her thievery: the Daily News also reports that Kanye West scooped up every setting at his table before getting on stage to perform.

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