A massive sell-off of fraudster Melissa Caddick’s haul of diamonds, jewellery, paintings, designer clothes and other assets before Christmas is being partially objected to by her husband and family.
The sale from the swindler’s jaw-dropping designer jewellery collection comprises pieces bought with the $23million she stole, mostly from family and friends, including a $250,000 necklace, named Stella, which features an outrageous 83 carat black sapphire.
A total of 72 items of jewellery, paintings by artists such as John Olsen and designer wear by Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Balmain and Chanel will go to auction uncontested.
But the Federal Court of Australia heard on Monday that Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti had lodged an objection to the sale of 18 jewellery items – including his wife’s earrings, necklace and bracelet and a diamond and gold cross he often wore in her company.
In court documents, Koletti claimed in court documents that items Caddick bought from her favourite jewellery designer Stefano Canturi were then ‘gifted’ to himself.
Melissa Caddick wearing her favourite $250K sapphire and diamond necklace which will be sold off, but husband Anthony Koletti wants to keep his cufflinks and 17 other items
Anthony Koletti has lodged an objection to the sale of 18 pieces of Stefano Canturi jewellery including the diamond and gold cross he is wearing (above) and other signature pieces
The Canturi ‘Cubist’ necklace worth more than a $100,000 was one of the many statement pieces the fraudster bought from her favourite jeweller and will go up for sale by the receivers
The 18 items listed are all by Canturi and include a signature Cubish 18 carat white gold ring set with 16 baguette cut black sapphires, plus a flower pendant, a black sapphire dog tag pendant and a gold pendant in the shape of a skull with diamond teeth which Caddick bought for $4500.
The court heard on Monday that Caddick’s brother Adam Grimley also planned to contest the sale of a superannuation fund and he asked for extra time to mount a legal challenge to it.
It also heard that due to the fact the inquest into Melissa Caddick’s death was only part heard that both the fact of the fraudster’s death and the date of her death were not yet established.
The jaw-dropping necklace worth $250k that Melissa Caddick had specially made up with an 83 carat black sapphire
Anthony Koletti has requested for items from his wife’s jewellery collection not be sold off in the receivers’ firer sale, including Stefano Canturi earrings
The jewellery stash found in Melissa Caddick’s house when she was raided a day before she went missing in November 2020 included necklaces clustered with diamonds and other stones
MELISSA CADDICK JEWELLERY HUSBAND ANTHONY KOLETTI WANTS TO KEEP
1. Canturi Signature onyx, diamond and pearl necklace
2. Canturi Signature onyx, diamond and pearl bracelet
3. Pair of Canturi diamond flower earrings
4. Canturi 18ct white gold Cubism plain dog tag and 18ct white gold curb link neck chain
5. Canturi black diamond three-quarter bangle
6. Canturi 18ct white gold black rhodium plated skull
7. Canturi Cubism Collection 18ct white gold bracelet with baguette black sapphire channel set on clasp
8. Canturi Cubism Collection 18ct white gold bracelet with three black sapphires channel set on clasp
9. Canturi Cubism Collection 18ct white gold bracelet with 104 square and baguette cut black sapphires
10. Canturi Odyssey Collection 18ct white gold diamond flower pendant and chain
11. Canturi Cubism Collection pave black sapphire dog tag pendant
12. Canturi Cubism Collection ring with baguette cut black sapphires
13. Canturi gents dress ring from New Prototype Collection
14. Canturi Labyrinth Collection gent’s dress ring with black diamonds
15. Pair of Canturi Cubism 18ct white gold black onyx cufflinks
16. Canturi 18ct white gold channel set baguette and carre cut diamond cubism cross pendant
17. 18ct white gold wide Cubism ring 4.26ct black sapphires
18. Canturi Cubism 19ct white gold ring
It is understood that Caddick’s parents Ted and Barb Grimley plan to contest the sale by receivers of the Edgecliff penthouse they live in, which their daughter bought with stolen money for $2.5million in 2016.
The Dover Heights house Caddick lived in with Mr Koletti, where she was last seen alive in November 2020, is currently on the market with expectations it will sell for up to $15million.
Caddick’s running shoe washed up on Bournda Beach on the NSW South Coast in February last year.
Remains found inside the shoe were identified as Ms Caddick’s.
Melissa Caddick wearing some of her favourite jewellery from a massive collection mostly designed by Stefano Canturi and including sapphires, diamonds and onyx statement pieces
Receivers have 72 items of jewellery they want to sell before Christmas, and there are another 18 items which Anthony Koletti is contesting, saying he wants to keep because they were gifted to him
Melissa Caddick’s parents (Barb and Ted, above) are contesting the sale of the Edgecliff penthouse their swindler daughter bought for them to live in using some of their own funds
Among the items listed to be sold by court-appointed receivers are a Cartier Panther bracelet watch, a pair of Gucci silver heart earrings and a Canturi Cubism Collection necklace – featuring aquamarine, sapphire and 165 diamonds.
An inquest into Ms Caddick’s presumed death heard that Mr Canturi himself was due to deliver his latest commission, the $100,000 diamond necklace and matching bracelet, personally on Friday, November 13, 2020.
She vanished the day before, never to be seen again.