An intransigent, hard-lining, mouth-frothing, fist-shaking Alfy Fanjul once accused Sotheby’s of “trading with the enemy!” (for selling the paintings Castro stole from his family)

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So will he return them? “Here Fidel!…‘Pa la Revolucion!”

Alfonso Fanjul Jr., the steely, 67-year-old entrepreneur known as Alfy who rebuilt the Fanjuls’ Cuban sugar empire in the United States, was more direct: “I have been surprised by the behavior of the art world in general when it comes to paintings that clearly belong to my family,” he said. “I had hoped that they would see that it is important that we should be promptly notified when our artwork came into their hands. We would particularly like to know what the auction houses and others know of these paintings.”

The Fanjul’s action againt Sotheby’s invoked The Helms-Burton act!

Granted, Alfy does not plan to trade with “the enemy.” He simply plans to have his political clients change Castro’s designation to “friend.”

(It’s all Alfy all the time here at Babalu, amigos! So stay tuned!)