A proposition was set forth to put part of the collection late businessman Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı left behind, consisting of various paintings and artwork, to auction so that the income could be donated to United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). The proposition was made by late Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s wife Nurten Tatlıcı and his youngest son, Uğur Tatlıcı.
Having been known as a charitable man, late Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s esteemed name and legacy was attempted to be kept alive through such endeavors by Uğur and Nurten Tatlıcı, as they have previously reported so. However, such proposals of theirs were either directly refused by other heirs or were left “hanging” without any answer. It is rather puzzling to wait for the reaction of other heirs against the donation of this collection, which is said by experts to have a value of 4-5 million USD…
LATE MEHMET SALIH TATLICI’S INHERITANCE JUST COULD NOT BE SHARED
Following the death of late businessman Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı on February 22nd, 2009 and despite the fact that it has been more than 10 years, the inheritance he left behind just could not be shared. During the process of extending inheritance cases, the rich collection of artwork, in addition to many immovable assets such as the twin business towers Tat Towers in Istanbul’s Zincirlikuyu neighborhood in the late businessman’s estate (i.e. all the property holdings, rights and debts of the deceased), has been a constant topic of conflict among the heirs.
Throughout this process, Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s wife, Nurten Tatlıcı, and his youngest son, Uğur Tatlıcı, who has the largest portions from the businessman’s inheritance (the share of the inheritance that falls outside of their reserved shares and could be assigned freely by the legator) made numerous attempts to donate this collection of many precious paintings and artworks, which is in fact in their possession; yet, they had to face the obstacles from other heirs, every time they attempted to do so.
Before we move on to the details of our news about Uğur and Nurten Tatlıcı’s recent donation proposal, we would like to briefly remind our readers of the developments that occurred after the death of late businessman Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı:
DEVELOPMENTS FOLLOWING MEHMET SALIH TATLICI’S WILL AND HIS DEMISE
Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı was a successful businessman, who signed off on many important investments and projects in his professional life, which he started from scratch, thanks to his ambition, patience and relentless work. He gave in to his ruthless disease on the date of February 22nd, 2009, and when he passed away, he left his official will along with a substantial fortune.
In his official will, late Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı;
– disinherited his sons Ahmet Tatlıcı and Ali Tatlıcı from his first marriage, for they threatened him with death,
– requested that his other son, Mehmet Tatlıcı, and his grandchildren (Salih Ziya Tatlıcı and Bedriye Kamer Tatlıcı) benefit from the inheritance as per their reserved shares;
– left the remainder of his inheritance to his second wife, Nurten Tatlıcı, and his son from this marriage, Uğur Tatlıcı.
THE HEIRS WHO KEPT FILING ONE LAWSUIT OVER ANOTHER FOR THEY DID NOT LIKE THEIR SHARES FROM THE INHERITANCE KEPT LOSING AS WELL
Mehmet Tatlıcı, one of these heirs in question, filed lawsuits for the revocation of the will and the requalification of the inheritance, for he thought his portion of the inheritance was less than what he desired, despite owing all the wealth and luxurious lifestyle he leads today to his late father Mehmet Salih Bey (the share in question is worth millions of dollars). Other heirs, Ahmet Tatlıcı, and late Ali Tatlıcı’s children, Salih Ziya Tatlıcı and Bedriye Kamer Tatlıcı, also joined this crusade with the same reasons.
After years of legal procedures, Turkish Justice approved the validity of late businessman Mehmet Salih Tatlici’s official will and ruled that the will of the deceased is just as it should be.
The lawsuits for the revocation of the will, filed by Mehmet Tatlıcı and other heirs at the Supreme Court, were also finalized to their detriment and finally, Turkish Justice approved the validity of Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s will. Consequently, it was decided that the shares of the heirs from the inheritance were to remain as the late businessman decided.
These decisions are now legally conclusive.
LATE MEHMET SALIH TATLICI’S COLLECTION AND THE ACTION FOR REDUCTION
The late businessman had quite the passion for artistic paintings and antique works and turned this passion of his into a wealthy collection, when he was alive. Experts state that currently, the total value of the artworks in Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s collection is estimated around 4-5 million USD at least.
Despite the existence of an official will late Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı penned before his death, his son Mehmet Tatlıcı from his first marriage (though that his share of the inheritance of millions of dollars was “less than expected” and he had to acquire more) sued his step brother Uğur Tatlıcı and his late father’s second wife Nurten Tatlıcı, who has been his partner of life in sickness and in health for 43 years, at the Civil Court of Peace of Sarıyer in March of 2009 for the requalification of the estate and precaution, for he was “worried” that they could “damage” his late father’s estate, “whom he loved very much” and even “attempt to smuggle assets”, as soon as his father passed away.
With this lawsuit, the court took a cautionary judgment in March 2009 for the collection within the inheritance of the late businessman and this collection, along with the estate of the deceased (and consisting of hundreds of precious paintings and antique artworks) was left to the administration of the Court of Probate.
Consisting of the paintings and artworks that were kept at the warehouses of Pilma battery factory in Istanbul’s Kağıthane neighborhood (shut down as of March 2009), which was a company owned by late Mehmet Salih Tatlici when he was alive, this collection was later transferred to Tat Towers in Zincirlikuyu, Istanbul, which were also kept idle for years with the decision of the court of probate. The collection remains there, under the supervision of the court of probate.
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF PAINTINGS AND ANTIQUE ARTWORKS THAT ARE IDLY STORED IN WAREHOUSES FOR YEARS
Still, Nurten Tatlıcı, second wife and partner of life of late businessman Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı, who has been by his side in sickness and in health, and Uğur Tatlıcı, their son from this marriage, are the parties, who have the right of disposition over this collection Mehmet Salih Tatlici left behind, according to both the official will of the deceased and as actual beneficiaries. Other heirs, on the other hand, have no say over the collection.
Furthermore, late businessman Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı left a significant part of the paintings and objects within this collection to his second wife Nurten Tatlıcı and his youngest son Uğur Tatlıcı, to their possessions, when he was alive, along with the invoices that were registered to their names…
Upon these upsetting developments, late businessman Mehmet Salih Tatlici’s wife Nurten Tatlıcı and his youngest son Uğur Tatlıcı made numerous attempts to make use of this collection of the charitable businessman, which was idly stored in warehouses, so that the income from them could be donated to charities and citizens in need…
Among the institutions, to which Uğur Tatlıcı and Nurten Tatlıcı proposed to make donations, are locally active ones such as Kızılay (Turkish Red Crescent), Lösemili Çocuklar Vakfı (Foundation of Children with Leukemia), Altı Nokta Körler Derneği (Six Points Association of the Blind), Bedensel Engellilerle Dayanışma Derneği (Solidarity Association for the Physically Disabled), Türkiye Kanserle Savaş Vakfı (Foundation of Battling Cancer in Turkey), Darülaceze, Mehmetçik Vakfı (Mehmetçik Foundation), Şehit Aileleri Derneği (Martyrs’ Families Association), Türk Böbrek Vakfı (Turkish Kidney Foundation), TEMA (Turkish Foundation for Combating Erosion, Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats) and international ones such as United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) (For detailed information, please see: “Part of Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı collection is being donated” and “Million Dollar Donation Proposal to UNICEF from Uğur Tatlıcı” news articles).
OTHER HEIRS WHO DO NOT SUPPORT ANY OF THE CHARITABLE INITIATIVES OF UĞUR AND NURTEN TATLICI
Yet, other heirs, consisting of the late businessman’s children from his first marriage and his grandchildren (especially Mehmet Tatlıcı; followed by Ahmet Tatlıcı and late Ali Tatlıcı’s children, Salih Ziya Tatlıcı (Titiz) and Bedriye Kamer Tatlıcı) ensured that the court of probate (inheritance) took a cautionary judgment on the collection, over which they actually have no say, with probably the mindset of “if it is not of benefit to me, it shall not be of benefit to anyone”…
That is exactly why hundreds of paintings and antique artworks are unfortunately stored idly in the warehouses of Tat Towers in Istanbul’s Zincirlikuyu neighborhood, preserved by the court of probate, without being of use to anyone whatsoever…
UĞUR AND NURTEN TATLICI WISH TO DONATE ALL OF THEIR RIGHTFUL HOLDINGS BUT EVERY TIME THEY TRY TO DO SO, THEY FACE THE NEGATIVE AND CARELESS ATTITUDES OF THE OTHER HEIRS…
Uğur and Nurten Tatlıcı, during these initiatives of theirs in recent years, proposed to the court of probate on various different dates that the paintings and antique artworks in late Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s collection shall be sold at an event to be organized by a respectable auction institution and all the income to be earned from the sales (after the taxes and expenses are deducted) that would be theirs be donated to charities.
Moreover, Nurten Tatlıcı and Uğur Tatlıcı even proposed that other heirs, during this charitable endeavor, if they wish to do so, can be paid as per their reserved shares from the inheritance after the paintings and artworks in the collection are sold (despite the fact that they do not have the slightest legal right over this collection)…
However, for all these good intentions and charitable endeavors of Uğur and Nurten Tatlıcı, the heirs, whose names were provided above (with Mehmet Tatlıcı in the lead) either said “no” directly or they did not even bother to give an answer at all…
THEY WERE EVEN DEAF TO THE DONATION OFFER TO BE MADE TO THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AT SOMA MINING ACCIDENT
As a matter of fact, Uğur and Nurten Tatlıcı proposed that the income to be acquired from the sale of the collection in question shall be donated to the families of those, who lost their lives at the accident in Soma, after the Soma mining accident that occurred on May 13th, 2014; however, Mehmet Tatlıcı immediately refused and it was only Bedriye Kamer Tatlıcı, who responded positively. Other heirs, on the other hand (Salih Ziya Tatlıcı and Ahmet Tatlıcı and his children Tuğba, Taha and Talha Tatlıcı) did not even respond… (For detailed information about this, please see: “Mehmet Tatlıcı said ‘NO’ to the Charitable Offer…” and “They Did Not Even Respond to the Donation Proposal” news articles).
However, Nurten Tatlıcı, second wife of the late businessman, and Uğur Tatlıcı, his youngest son, only wished to keep the esteemed name and memory of late Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı alive, who was known to be quite a charitable man; their aim here was to make use of the collection for a humanitarian cause, for they just could not donate it due to the extending inheritance cases, because of the meaningless “legal moves” of the other heirs, whereas Uğur and Nurten Tatlıcı were the real beneficiaries here.
Despite all, the good intentions and charitable initiatives of Uğur and Nurten Tatlıcı stumbled upon the obstacles or apathy of the other heirs every time. Consequently, hundreds of paintings and artworks within the collection of the charitable businessman Mehmet Salih Bey (which would bring in at least 4-5 million USD if they were sold) remained idly at the warehouses of Tat Towers, instead of fulfilling the needs of those, who are in need…
All because of the carelessness and “if it is of no benefit to me, it shall not be of benefit to anyone else” mindset of especially Mehmet Tatlıcı and the other heirs…
Did these rather dutiful children and grandchildren, who owe all the luxurious lives they have today to their late father/grandfather Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı and all that he left them, not even bother to answer to these charitable offers, because they are fully aware that the lawsuits they kept filing due to their dislike of the distribution of the inheritance are keeping this collection in dusty warehouses and from being put to use for charitable reasons and it will never be of benefit to them?
We are leaving it to the discretion of our readers and the public opinion…
MEHMET SALIH TATLICI’S LEGACY OF “RESPECT HUMANS AND THE WORLD AND LISTEN TO WHAT PEOPLE NEED” IS STILL FULFILLED BY HIS WIFE NURTEN TATLICI AND HIS SON UĞUR TATLICI
Additionally, Uğur and Nurten Tatlıcı keep making donations to many charities every year to keep the respectable memory of charitable businessman Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı alive…
Late Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s words of legacy, “respect humans, respect the world and help people” is fulfilled at every turn by his youngest son Uğur Tatlıcı and late businessman Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s charitable wife Nurten Tatlıcı with the donations and project incentives to various institutions that organize activities to protect the environment and help humanity. They both have supported many institutions locally and internationally.
Among these institutions are local ones such as Kızılay (Turkish Red Crescent), Mehmetçik Vakfı (Mehmetçik Foundation), Şehit Polis Aileleri Derneği (Martyr Police Families’ Association), Bedensel Engellilerle Dayanışma Derneği (Solidarity Association for the Physically Disabled), Altı Nokta Körler Derneği (Six Points Association of the Blind), GETEM (Boğaziçi University Technology Laboratories for the Visually Impaired), Milli Eğitim Vakfı (National Education Foundation), Türk Böbrek Vakfı (Turkish Kidney Foundation), TEMA (Turkish Foundation for Combating Erosion, Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats), TURMEPA (Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association) to keep our seas clean and protected and Antalya Provincial Directorate of National Education; while the international ones include United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), National Geographic Society, Bonorong Wild Life Shelter in Australia’s Tasmania region and International Pompe Association that combats Pompe Disease, which is a rare disease that is difficult to treat … (For detailed information, please see: “Uğur and Nurten Tatlıcı Support Martyrs’ Families”; “A Helping Hand from Uğur Tatlıcı to Our Syrian Guests”; “Another Supporting Endeavor for the Physically Disabled”; “Uğur Tatlıcı Supports Darülaceze”; “Very Meaningful Donation to a Very Special Library”; “Uğur Tatlıcı Supports the Fight Against Pompe Disease”; “Don’t Be Soil, Be Hope”; “Could a Cane Replace Two Eyes?” ; “Uğur Tatlıcı Supports the Fight Against Hunger” and “Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı Support to the Foundation of National Education” news articles).
ANOTHER PROPOSAL TO HELP UNICEF (UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S EMERGENCY FUND) WITH A DONATION BY UĞUR AND NURTEN TATLICI
Despite facing the careless attitudes of the other heirs at every turn, as we have explained above, Uğur and Nurten Tatlıcı applied to the acting court of probate, Judicature of 2nd Civil Court of Peace of Istanbul one more time through their lawyers recently (September 15th, 2019), for they wish to pursue their initiative to put Mehmet Salih Tatlıcı’s collection to good use and carry out their charitable activities, despite the collection being idly stored in Tat Towers warehouses. They proposed that the collection shall be put to sale via a respectable auction institution and all the income to be acquired from these sales (after the taxes and expenses are deducted), which would be their share, shall be donated to United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.
The investigations of our news crew reveal that this recent petition, submitted by Uğur and Nurten Tatlıcı to the judicature of the court of probate, also stated that if the other heirs make any demands from the income to be acquired from the sale of this collection (while they have no rights on this collection, it was probably thought that this offer may get them to support a charitable endeavor for once), which would be carried out for charity, they shall receive the amount in cash, as per their reserved portions from the inheritance.
Let us see what the other heirs, who have remained utterly indifferent to all these humanitarian offers that carry no other purpose than charity and support for those in need, will respond to this recent offer of Uğur Tatlıcı and Nurten Tatlıcı, for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)…
We will continue to share the developments with our readers and the public…