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Practical tips to sellers when consigning items to an auction house

Lessons learned from the case of Thwaytes v Sotheby’s. In 2006 Mr Thwaytes consigned a painting, the Cardsharps, to Sotheby’s for further investigation. Sotheby’s advised it was a good 17th Century copy of the original by Caravaggio and the painting was sold at auction for a hammer price of £42,000 …

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Art RestitutionOpinion

Another 70 years of missing art

Klaus Albrecht Schröder, the director of Vienna’s Albertina Museum, has told The Art Newspaper that there should be a limit on Nazi restitution claims. He said: “The international community should decide on a sensible time frame of 20 or 30 years from now. If we don’t set a time limit …

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Art Restitution

Tate Britain halts restitution of Constable painting

London’s Tate Britain museum has declared that they have decided to reconsider the restitution of a John Constable painting which was stolen from a private collector during WWII. Following their announcement last year that they planned to return the painting to its former owner, a Hungarian baron of Jewish origins, the …

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All at sea – art auctions on cruise ships

There has been a spate of claims against auction houses selling artworks on cruise ships. Becky Shaw, from Boodle Hatfield, explains what to do if you suspect your holiday purchase is a forgery. In December last year it was reported that the Michigan Court of Appeal has allowed a claimant …

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Art Law

Court dismisses art collector’s overcharge complaint

A recent court case in which an art collector failed in his overcharging complaint against a dealer is a cautionary tale, writes Amelia Brankov, an attorney with media, entertainment, and advertising law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. Last month, a New York federal court dismissed a lawsuit brought by …

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Art CrimeArt Restitution

Nazi-looted El Greco portrait returned to owners

Art Recovery International has worked with The Commission for Looted Art in Europe to restitute ‘Portrait of a Gentleman’ by El Greco. The Commission for Looted Art in Europe (CLAE) was acting on behalf of the rightful owners of the work and helped reach an equitable settlement for both parties …

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Art Law

Artnet to appeal against court copyright ruling

Online art database artnet says it will appeal against the recent court ruling that it must pay a photographer for use of photographs he took for auction house catalogues. Stéphane Briolant’s photographs of furniture were reproduced along with sales results on artnet Price Database. The Paris court of appeal has …

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Art Law

Bilinski vs Keith Haring Foundation: Court rules for artist’s foundation

The Keith Haring Foundation has won a motion to dismiss claims made against it for violation of antitrust and state laws. The foundation was accused of “defamation and tortious interference with prospective business relationships” by nine owners of Haring’s work. The complaint was filed by Elizabeth Bilinski and the other …

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Art CrimeArt Restitution

Art Recovery Group: Tracking Stolen Art

‘Profil Bleu Devant la Cheminée’ (Woman in Blue in Front of a Fireplace) by Henri Mattisse was the star of the Henie Onstad Kuntsenter modern art museum in Høvikodden Norway. Thousands of people saw the painting on display with no idea that it was originally stolen by Nazis. But Chris …

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Art CrimeArt Restitution

Manship & Troubetzkoy Statues recovered 32 years after being stolen

Two bronze sculptures stolen 32 years ago from Hirschl & Adler Gallery in New York City have been returned to the gallery. ‘Central Figure of Day’ by Paul Manship was the first of the sculptures to be stolen at the start of December 1983. ‘Figure of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’ by …

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