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White House says buyers of Hunter Biden's paintings will remain anonymous

Hunter Biden has faced criticism about appearing to try to profit off the family name.

Updated: July 24, 2021 - 2:02pm

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The White House says presidential son Hunter Biden will remain unaware of the identities of buyers of his paintings, amid ongoing controversy over the top-dollar price tags at which many of his works of art are appraised.

The younger Biden's paintings have been priced at high values ranging from $75,000 to $500,000. Critics have claimed that the sale of the paintings presents thorny ethical issues for the Biden administration. 

At a press conference Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that whoever the buyers of the paintings are, neither the White House nor Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, will be aware of their identities. 

"The selling of his art will all happen through ... the gallerist, and the names and individuals will be kept confidential." Psaki said. "We will not be aware of [the identities], neither will he be aware of [them]."

Hunter Biden has faced criticism about appearing to try to profit off the family name – particular over his high-paying job with Ukraine natural gas company Burisma Holding while his father was vice president. 

Further pressed on whether the identity of the buyers could become known, Psaki said Hunter Biden and the administration "will not know who purchases his art."