A mere three potential buyers looked over Hunter Biden’s pricey paintings during Day 2 of his New York City show on Sunday — as the gallery owner said he’s unsure whether he’ll throw a party to celebrate the novice artist and presidential scion.
Several would-be viewers were also denied admission to the Georges Berges Gallery in Soho amid the admittedly soft launch of Biden’s Big Apple exhibition, which followed a controversial Los Angeles opening attended by guests including Mayor Eric Garcetti, his dad’s nominee for ambassador to India.
“You’re not going to see much of a crowd today,” gallery owner Berges said Sunday.
When asked if there would be a formal opening of the show, Berges said, “I don’t know.”
The Post reported earlier this month that the gallery was using a team of lawyers to vet anyone who wants to see the show, with a source saying there’s “a whole process to get in.”
A man who identified himself as “Sal” from New Jersey and a couple he drove in his green Audi were the only visitors Sunday.
Sal, who described himself as retired, made two trips inside, spending less than an hour each time.
In between, he left the gallery and offered an unexpected appraisal of the work by President Biden’s son.
“It’s great. I’m a Republican and I think those were great. His paintings were very good,” he said.
Sal said he told Berges he was “shocked” by his own reaction, adding: “I like six of them very much.”
But when asked if he planned to buy anything, he said, “We’ll see.”
The man who traveled with Sal also called Biden’s artwork “stunning” but suggested it was too rich for his blood when asked if he bought anything.
“I’ll only be so lucky,” he said.
Biden’s paintings are being offered at prices ranging from $75,000 to $500,000 each, eye-popping amounts that have led critics to raise ethical concerns.
The White House has said it struck a deal to keep the identities of any buyers secret to prevent influence peddling.
Osvaldo Jimenez, 46, of upstate Hamden was among several people denied admission to the gallery on Sunday, after which he spent some time with his wife peering inside through the windows.
“The best thing they did was not let me in,” he said.
“I kinda wanted to see what the big fuss was myself and if the art was really good or if it was just because it was Hunter Biden.”
Jimenez pointed in the direction of Prince Street and added: “There’s a booth over there that has better work than this s–t.”
Also Sunday, a report said that Berges wore a commemorative cap from Camp David in a photograph posted to Instagram on Thursday by former Vanity Fair writer George Wayne, who viewed Hunter Biden’s show on Saturday and claims to have introduced him to the gallery owner.
“Say whaaa? Were you at Camp David last weekend with your artist Hunter Biden???!!!” Wayne wrote in a caption for the since-deleted photo, according to the Daily Mail.
President Biden last visited the presidential retreat in Maryland from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26 after coming under fire from congressional Republicans for taking a break there in August amid the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the chaotic Taliban takeover of its capital, Kabul.
Neither Berges nor his gallery immediately responded to requests for comment on the report.
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