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Berkshire Museum Sale Of Important Works Halted By Appeals Court

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Massachusetts Appeals Court Justice, Joseph A. Trainor, granted a motion for an injunction on the sale of important works of the Berkshire Museum. The auction was to be hosted by Sotheby’s this week. The controversial...more

Appeals Court Stays Sale of Berkshire Museum Paintings

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Attorney General’s Motion, Supported by Private Plaintiffs, is Allowed on the Eve of Auction The Massachusetts Appeals Court has stopped the imminent auction of paintings owned by the Berkshire Museum. Late Friday, a single...more

Massachusetts AG Asks Appeals Court to Halt Monday's Berkshire Museum Sale

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The Massachusetts Attorney General has moved the Appeals Court of Massachusetts for an emergency injunction pending appeal of the November 7, 2017 decision denying the motions by the AG, my clients, and others, seeking to...more

Masterpiece by Bernardo Bellotto Purchased by London National Gallery Consequent to Temporary Export Bar

Art export laws are designed to prevent art and artifacts of significant cultural value from leaving its country of origin while also preserving the home country’s competitiveness in the international art market. Many...more

Eighteenth Century Masterpiece Painting Missing For More Than A Century Is Hiding In Los Angeles

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An intriguing story recently ran in the Los Angeles Times regarding an 18th century masterpiece painting that has gone missing for more than a century. The mysterious painting seems to have been hiding in plain sight in a...more

Members of Berkshire Museum File Suit Seeking Injunction Against Sale of Art Collection

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Forty Masterpieces of American and European Art Scheduled for Auction - (Boston, MA, October 26, 2017) Sullivan & Worcester LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Berkshire County residents and members of the Berkshire...more

Léger Work Estimated To Sell For $65 M And Set New Record For The Artist To Lead Christie’s Impressionist And Modern Art Auction...

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In recent art world news, a never before auctioned work, Contraste de forms (1913), by French artist Fernand Léger is to lead Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening auction in New York this fall. The vibrant...more

Are Warhol Works Meticulously Recreated By British Artist 30 Years After Warhol’s Death Authentic Warhol Paintings?

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In recent art world news, British artist Paul Stephenson has recreated some of Andy Warhol’s most celebrated works using the exact same materials and methods as the late artist. This has sparked a lively debate as to what...more

Looted Antiquity Previously On Loan At Met Museum To Be Repatriated To Lebanon

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In recent art world news, and further to our recent blog post on the Met Museum’s return to authorities of an ancient artifact on loan due to concerns that it had been looted from a storage area during the civil war in...more

No Buyer For High Profile Francis Bacon Painting At Christie’s $130 Million Contemporary Art Auction In London

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In recent art world news, Christie’s fetched $130 million during its recent postwar and contemporary art auction at its Kings Street salesroom in London last Friday evening achieving a solid sell-through rate of 83 percent. ...more

Yves Saint Laurent Museum Opens In Paris With Counterpart Museum Set To Open Later This Month In Marrakech

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In recent art world news, two new museums devoted to the late iconic French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent are opening this month. The first is in Paris, which was the home of Yves Saint Laurent’s fashion empire, and...more

Francis Bacon Painting Hidden From Public View For 45 Years Could Set New Auction Record In Europe

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In recent art world news, a painting by the late figurative artist Francis Bacon that has been in a private collection for the past 45 years and never loaned could become the most expensive art work ever sold at auction in...more

Former Knoedler Gallery Director Settles Final Lawsuit

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In recent art world news, one of the largest art scandals in New York has come to a close with the recent settlement of the last of ten lawsuits brought against Ann Freedman, the former director of the now defunct Knoedler...more

Monet’s Private Art Collecting World

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Many in the art world may not know (myself included) that the late Impressionist artist Claude Monet was a significant art collector in his lifetime. Monet possessed numerous paintings, including masterpieces, by both his...more

There’s No Crying In Baseball (Even When It Rains) – Famous Rockwell Painting Of Three Umpires Assessing Rain Sells For $1.6M At...

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Norman Rockwell is as famous as apple pie for his iconic depictions of American life. Once shunned by the art world as an ordinary illustrator, Rockwell’s saccharine vignettes are now prized paintings....more

Rich Man/Poor Man? The Berkshire Museum and Why Deaccessioning is so Frustrating

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Two wonderful museums recently announced plans to sell major works of art. In one case, some 40 paintings, American masterpieces among them, will be sold at auction. In another, more than 400 photographs will also be sold....more

Sotheby’s London Sells Portrait Of An Old Women As Authentic Rubens And Fetches 20 Times The Original Hammer

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In March 2016, a US auction gallery sold an Old Master oil painting (a sketch of an old woman) for $27,000. The sale price was nearly double the high auction estimate of 15,000. However, when the same painting was recently...more

Lessons Re-Learned From The No-Longer Highest Price Painting In History

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A recent trial in the High Court in London has highlighted a few notable truths about doing business in the art world. The trial centers around a commission allegedly owed to the famous Swiss auctioneer Simon de Pury, who...more

Recent Closures Of Small To Midsize Galleries Represent A Widening Gap Between Small Galleries And Large Ones

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In recent art news, the gap between small galleries and large galleries is widening at a steady pace as a number of small to midsize art galleries have closed their doors since 2012 to present and the numbers are remarkable. ...more

De Sole et al. v. Knoedler Gallery, LLC et al.: #FAKES

In the past, when one thought of “art” and “risk,” World War II–era looting and restitution often came to mind. While these issues are certainly still prominent, the importance of due diligence and risk management have...more

Trio Charged In New York For Selling Counterfeit Art Works

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In recent art news, known art fraudster Vincent Lopreto, who previously served time in prison for selling forged Damien Hirst prints, was charged in a Manhattan courtroom yesterday for selling nearly half a million dollars...more

Another Trash To Treasure Tale – Jackson Pollock Found In Garage To Be Sold This Month

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A Jackson Pollock painting possibly worth over $15 Million was found in a garage in Arizona among other knick-knacks and memorabilia. The painting was located because the homeowner was downsizing and moving to a retirement...more

Art Basel Opens This Week In Basel, Switzerland

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In recent art world news, premier international art fair Art Basel opens later this week on Thursday, June 15, 2017 and runs through the entire weekend in Basel, Switzerland. In this art collectors’ paradise, modern and...more

The Top Hits: Fashion Cases with a Big Impact

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Over the last year, there have been some significant trademark and copyright cases in the fashion industry. Below are summaries of recent cases all brand owners should know and understand. These cases touch on important...more

The Charging Bull and the Fearless Girl: Moral Rights Protections in Australia and the U.S.

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The Charging Bull has been an iconic New York City landmark since it was placed outside the New York Stock Exchange in December 1989 in an act of guerrilla art. The bull's sculptor, Artutro Di Modica, left the artwork as a as...more

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