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Steve Cohen Make Some Pocket Change Off Liz Taylor

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Cohen's "Liz #5" went for $26.9 million last night after "two telephone bidders dueled for the work." SC agreed put the Warhol up for sale just two weeks before the actress died, most likely sensing that her time was going and knowing it'd be too hard to see her every day. [Bloomberg, earlier]


Steve Cohen Bought Himself A Little Pick-Me-Up

As you may have heard, the last number of months have been a bit tough on hedge fund manager Steve Cohen. In November, one of his former employees, Mathew Martoma, was accused of orchestrating "the most lucrative insider trading scheme ever," in a criminal complaint in which Cohen was referenced as Portfolio Manager A. A week later, the Times lopped 21,000 square feet off his house. Earlier this month, he had the pleasure of setting the record for the largest insider trading fine ever, at $614 million, a sum that does not even put this whole thing behind him, as the settlement "doesn't preclude the Securities and Exchange Commission from pursuing Cohen himself in the future." So you'll excuse the Big Guy if he felt the need to indulge in a little retail therapy recently.