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Call to stop illegal trade of art from war zones

Deliberately destroying and pillaging archaeological sites and trafficking art objects in war zones amount to cultural genocide and should be classified as war crimes, argued speakers in a public hearing held by the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee on Monday afternoon. MEPs and experts reiterated the need for harmonised …

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Q&A: Marianne Rosenberg talks about family, history and her latest art venture

It is a quest that spans three generations. It involves Nazis, Picasso and World War Two battles. It would be rejected as a film plot, but the hunt to recover Paul Rosenberg’s stolen art collection is a tale of prudence, luck, coincidence and determination. It starts in the late 19th …

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Buying art at auction – an art lawyer’s guide

With the summer auctions nearly upon us, Boodle Hatfield’s Becky Shaw has put together an art lawyer’s guide to buying art at auction. Our first and fundamental tip is research! In an auction, a binding contract is made when the gavel falls, so you need to have done all of …

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The taxing art of Non-Doms

The Government appears to have a love-hate relationship with wealthy foreign individuals and their families that live in the UK, but retain their permanent home elsewhere. Officially these people are called “resident non-domiciliaries”, but are more often called: “non-doms”. The UK enjoys the wealth they bring and inject into the …

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One of Klimt’s greatest portraits to be offered at Sotheby’s London

Gustav Klimt’s portrait Bildnis Gertrud Loew of 1902 will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s London in its 24th June Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale. The sale has been arranged following a settlement between the Felsöványi family and The Gustav Klimt | Wien 1900-Privatstiftung (Klimt Foundation). The painting (est. …

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Rosenberg Matisse one of first works recovered from Gurlitts trove

Chris Marinello of Art Recovery International has successfully assisted the Rosenberg family to recover ‘Femme Assise dans un Fauteuil’, also known as ‘La Blouse Roumaine, Figure á l’Éventail’, by Henri Matisse. Marinello, the acting attorney representing the Rosenberg family, said: “We are delighted that ‘Femme Assise’ has now been returned …

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Top Art Law blogs – lawyers writing on art

If you had suggested in the 1990s that lawyers would become keen users of web logs no one would believe you. Now some of the most insightful art law writing is done by lawyers on their own site. Here – in no particular order – are some of the blogs …

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Liebermann piece is the first painting to be sold from Cornelius Gurlitt’s trove of art

A work by Max Liebermann, discovered among the trove of art secreted away for decades by Cornelius Gurlitt, is to be sold by the heirs of the painting’s original owner following its successful restitution. Zwei Reiter am Strand nach links (Two Riders on a Beach) of 1901, one of Max …

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30 year Duccio title dispute resolved

A 30 year title dispute over a Duccio de Buoninsegna painting taken from a bank vault has finally been settled. The US District Court, Southern District of New York, has settled the dispute between which involved individuals in the UK, Monaco, Switzerland, France and the US. Buoninsegna’s Madonna and Child …

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Painting confiscated by Nazis returned to rightful inheritor

The painting, attributed to the school of the Italian mannerist painter Giovanni Battista Moroni, realised during the 17th century, and entitled Portrait d’un homme, has been returned to its rightful heir, the daughter of an art historian and museum curator, August Liebmann Mayer, a German from whom the Nazis had stolen the painting …

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