Ruth Madoff's Marital Bed May Be Returned

The bed, on the auction block.

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The bed, on the auction block.

The 10.5-carat diamond ring that once graced Ruth Madoff’s hand, and the Steinway piano that once graced her living room are likely gone for good. But the elaborately draped, four-poster bed that she slept in alongside the world’s most famous Ponzi schemer could soon be hers again — that is, if the woman who purchased it Saturday at an auction of Madoff family possessions is serious.

Tally Wiener, an Upper West Side resident who put in the winning bid for the ornate bed, told CBS-2 News: “My heart goes out to Ruth Madoff and I would be happy to give her back her bed.”

Wiener is a bankruptcy attorney, who in February 2009 wrote an article explaining the legal framework for “clawbacks,” as a means to compensate victims of Bernard Madoff’s fraud. According to this article in The New York Times, Wiener and a fellow bankruptcy lawyer attended another Madoff auction about a year ago, where they purchased “a tree stump that had been turned into an end table for $500.”

Proceeds from both auctions benefited victims of the multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.

Wiener isn’t alone in expressing sympathy for Ruth Madoff. The Sisterhood’s Debra Nussbaum Cohen last year wrote this defense of her:

But apparently, rachmones for Ruth Madoff doesn’t end with the benefit of the doubt, but with the return of her ornate marital bed.

How’s that for sisterhood?

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