Soon afterwards, without ever receiving any checks from sailer mind you, we went back to London, our base during this period, and after not hearing from sailer for another week (he was to have expressed mailed us the “checks”), we called him.
He claimed he had sent them and “they must have gone lost in the mail”.
After several more calls and because we were soon going to be leaving for N.Y., he then told us he would “re-mail them by certified mail and surely they would be waiting for us when we returned”.
No checks arrived and, in fact, it was not until about a month later and innumerable calls to sailer that, finally, a letter did arrive.
But instead of containing the three checks, one payable immediately and the other two post-dated, only one was enclosed. Naturally we presented it for payment and it was paid but that was the only money we got.
Well, we did eventually get more but we paid a heavy price to get that. Read on.
By now, after two months, sailer’s lame excuses and “apologies” were wearing as thin as a hobo’s trousers and we knew this affair was going to end in tears.
After another month or so passed and no more checks arrived we called sailer and told him, in no uncertain terms, we expected to be paid and would if required “visit” him soon.
He kept saying the checks are “in the mail” but we knew this was BS and, in fact, when we left to return to Europe none had ever appeared.
We did visit sailer at his gallery and, at this time, learned he “wanted to return the rugs”, supposedly because we had “shown them to other buyers”.
This, like sailer’s promises to pay or to send us the checks, was bogus as he was the first person to have been offered them.
To make a long miserable story short, we then hired a lawyer, who happened to be a partner in the law firm that represented IBM in Austria.
This was our first mistake because the attorney, Dr Salpius, must have been so busy with other, more important clients than RK, that he made several technical and procedural errors in his presentation to the court and, two years later when the case came to trial, it was thrown out by the judge.
By the way during this two year period, at one point sailer even sent the rugs back to New York expecting us to go to the airport and get them. We didn’t and eventually they were returned by to him.
Also, to get our lawsuit going and to keep it on track, we had to visit Salzburg and Dr. Salpius several times.
All in all this adventure, which was due entirely to sailer’s cheating and duplicitous ways, cost us plenty in both time and money. But we were not going to allow him to weasel out of a deal he made a year before; especially since during this time frame he had shown the rugs publicly and, quite clearly, had failed to sell them.
Remember, all this was done without ever paying us anything but the deposit and that, done grudgingly and two months late!
During the court proceedings both sailer and his wife were subpoenaed and had to testify.
They did so under oath and to tell you the truth the blatant lies they uttered were completely unbelievable.
The best was their presenting to the court an “ appraisal” they got from some nobody rug dealer, who undoubtedly ran one of those going-out-of-business rug shoppes.
He “appraised” the four pieces we sold sailer for less than a tenth of the value he was to pay us – for instance he “appraised” the prayer rug we pictured for $600.
The manner in which both sailer, and his equally as immoral and corrupt wife, comported themselves in court and under oath made mockery of not only their respect for the justice system, the obligations of being under oath, their respect for the truth but, more significantly, their respect for themselves.
Presenting such a stupid “appraisal” from an unrecognized rug expert, especially when sailer himself was listed as an official appraiser, was nothing compared to blatantly lying under oath and presenting a bunch of equally dishonest information to the court (like we had showed the rugs to other buyers, which of course he never even tried to substantiate), proved what creeps and carpet-baggers franz and ingrid sailer truly are.
It was lucky for them our attorney made those errors in his brief to the court.
We have to sign off here and will finish this story asap.
But before we go, let us just reveal that eventually we did win and sailer was forced to pay us but, in the end, this win was a Pyrrhic Victory as you will all learn when we recount the end of this revolting story.