By Faith Ridler For Mailonline
Published: 15:36 GMT, 2 November 2020 | Updated: 15:36 GMT, 2 November 2020
A German art collector and socialite accused of carrying out a £1million fraud is fighting extradition to the UK after being arrested in Portugal, a court heard.
Angela Gulbenkian, 38, allegedly pocketed £1,143,656.25 in payment for a piece called the 'Kusama pumpkin' by Yayoi Kusama but never handed over the item.
She also allegedly stole a further £50,000 from her friend, Jacqui Ball, who she said she would acquire high-end art for.
Gulbenkian has been in custody since she was arrested in Lisbon in June, and has been contesting her extradition in the Supreme Court of Justice in Portugal.
Pictured: Angela Gulbenkia, who is accused of carrying out a £1million fraud and is fighting extradition to the UK after being arrested in Portugal
Judge David Tomlinson told Prospero House, one of London's new Nightingale courts: 'It has been confirmed to me today that the defendant is in custody, either to be discharged in Portugal or sent in custody to a hearing at a crown court here.'
David Markham, prosecuting, raised concerns about the current trial date of February 8.
He said: 'This date in February ought not to be vacated at this stage, though obviously the closer we get to February the greater the logistical difficulty with that.
'Clearly we do have our eye on the possibility that arises if and when Ms Gulbenkian is extradited to this country and is before the court and the amount of time between then and the trial.
'Particularly with regards to serving of defence statement, which given complexity may change.
'We have some concerns about just how viable the 8th of February would be if we even have the defendant in front of the court.'
She allegedly pocketed £1,143,656.25 in payment for a piece called the ‘Kusama pumpkin’ by Yayoi Kusama (pictured) but never handed over the