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Art market

Blain Southern goes into administration as artists reveal debts owed by gallery

Abrupt closure of three spaces has prompted criticism from some about the way the business was run

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Attribution

Met's “Riverbank” row rages over attribution debate

Experts prepare to fight it out at the Metropolitan as the painting bought from artist-collector C.C. Wang goes on display

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Art market

New York family at war in legal dispute over sale of multi-million-dollar Reinhardt

Court told that abstract work said to be of “no value” was resold for up to $10m just months later at Art Basel

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Gagosian Gallery

Trust no one: victory for Gagosian in two-year case

Court concludes that dealers’ statements of value are legally meaningless

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Disputes

Gagosian and Perelman urged to settle dispute

Many famous figures of the art world are caught up in the drama

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Kazimir Malevich

"Ridiculous" case involving possible Malevich, Suetin, and Chashnik fakes continues

The lawsuit, dating back to 2009, is between Russian dealer Gary Tatintsian and Lev Nussberg, an artist, art historian and collector

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Lawsuits

Collector Eskandar Maleki sues long-time friend and adviser Amir Shariat over profits

Maleki alleges deals were undisclosed, Shariat countersues for malicious falsehood and defamation

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Sevso silver

Hungary takes control of half of Sevso silver

Budapest government strengthens claim for rest of long-disputed hoard after handing over €15m

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Lawsuits

Widow and ex-wife battle over Russian collector Mikhail de Boire’s icons

When his former wife gave part of $30m collection to the Pushkin Museum, his last wife called in lawyers to determine the fate of 75 icons from north Russia

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Cambodia

Demilitarised zone established to protect shelled temple on border between Cambodia and Thailand

Thai army cedes ground but future of Cambodian World Heritage site remains unresolved

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Collectors

Collector settles financial dispute with David Khalili

Farbod Dowlatshahi no longer advisor to Khalili trust

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Lawsuits

Wendy Reves's son claims that his mother was taken advantage of

Texan charm upsets collectors’ son

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Unesco

Will the success of the Acropolis Museum change the Elgin Marbles debate?

Unesco intergovernmental committee is now seeking “a mutually satisfactory resolution to the issue”

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Authentication

Authentication committee refused to give an opinion on my Basquiat, says collector

Complaint says work could lose $3m in value as a result

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Goudstikker

Norton Simon Museum of Art and Goudstikker heiress to go to court over fight for Cranachs

Marei von Saher claims they are Nazi loot, while Norton Simon believes it has legal title to the paintings

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Sevso silver

Hungary wants to negotiate with Lord Northampton over Sevso silver

Based on its belief that the Sevso silver rightfully belongs to Hungary, the Hungarian government is seeking an out-of-court settlement with Lord Northampton

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Pre-Colombian

Tax squabble may force sale of €25m pre-Colombian art collection

Gift to Brussels museum is stalled by dispute between region and state

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Francis Bacon

Author chosen for Bacon catalogue

Diplomacy will be required to deal with warring factions

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June 2005

'The art trade is the last major unregulated market'

Is it time for reform? Murky dealings came to light in 2005 as more collectors began to enter the scene—and brought their cases to court

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Lawsuits

Collector sues gallery over right to first choice of artists’ work

He was promised preferential treatment (and paid for it) but was then left out of almost all sales

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MoMA PS1

News from the US: Museum acquisitions and sales, refurbishment highs and lows, and fabulous manuscript donations

Nine Modern paintings from the MoMA collection go on sale at Christie’s this month - is it to fund the purchase of the Hirsts at Tate?

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Pre-Colombian

Uncertainty in the French capital ensues after Ecuadorian ambassador pulls Pre-Colombian art from Paris salerooms

Pieces were seized from three auction houses, a lawsuit is now pending

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Unesco

Disagreement over possible resurrection of Bamiyan Buddhas

Unesco sends out conflicting press releases

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Cambodia

Thailand and Cambodia spar over temple that lies on the border

Thailand closes its border, depriving Cambodian vendors of customers which has led to starvation, while gun fighting has occurred, and tension remains high

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Agnew's

Texan collector loses Van Dyck case, dealer judged not fault

Claim against Agnew’s dismissed though the painting ruled not autograph

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Agnew's

Collectors sue Agnew’s over Van Dyck and Constable misattributions

The gallery catalogued both works as genuine, though experts made no secret of their ambivalence

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Disputes

Bacon Estate v. Marlborough gallery to go to High Court in January

Litigation may reveal the operations of one of London’s leading galleries and its Liechtenstein subsidiary

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Collectors

Swiss say philanthropist collector is senile and have blocked his foundations, art and money

Legal battle over Dr Gustav Rau’s paintings, which he wants to give to Unicef, and which are on loan to Paris

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Appointments & departures

Antiquities dealer Shelby White included in US Cultural Property Advisory Committee: A fox among doves?

Anger at appointment of collector who imports the very objects the committee tries to keep out

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Parthenon

William St Clair makes a rebuttal to the British Museum's defence of its competence to curate Parthenon Marbles

St Clair demands greater candour in the fallout of Lord Elgin and the Marble's third edition, in which it was asserted that over-cleaning had irreparably damaged the marbles

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Francis Bacon

Bacon vs Bacon: Debate over the authenticity of Cristiano Ravarino's drawings goes to court

The case is particularly difficult given the scarcity of drawings by the artist

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Cambodia

Dispute over loans for Khmer art exhibition at Paris's Grand Palais has reached a compromise

Government ministers quarrel over paperwork, but also over the care and safety of 'sacred and symbolic' treasures

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Unesco

Interview with Federico Mayor, UNESCO director general: Surveying the role of UNESCO

“A way of thinking that has visible form”

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Unesco

Federico Mayor, Director General of UNESCO, described the organisation as “Affirming an intellectual and moral solidarity in the mind of humanity” last month

The Art Newspaper surveys the successes and failures of the much criticised organisation