Artist estates

Artistate launches to help artists safeguard their legacy

Founded by gallerists and lawyers, the venture will provide estate-planning advice—for a fee—to artists and their families

What happens when artists die without making a will? Dealer fights to save remains of Fred Yates’s estate

French government sold works by the intestate artist for a pittance; now the UK is set to follow suit


Settlement reached over Robert Indiana’s estate—paving way for planned museum in artist's home in Maine

Under the agreement, the Morgan Art Foundation will continue to promote the Pop artist's work in museums and on the market

Maine attorney general says that Robert Indiana’s estate was overcharged by as much as $3.7m in legal fees

State office demands that the artist's executor, James W. Brannan, return that “excessive” amount to the estate

End in sight for legal battle over Robert Indiana's legacy

After two-and-a-half years and $8m in legal costs, an agreement between the artist's estate and his long-time representative is on the table


Robert Indiana’s Star of Hope reaches deal with Morgan Art Foundation to end ongoing legal battles

The two organisations will work together to settle the artist’s estate and get his charitable foundation up and running in Maine

New York judge dismisses further counterclaims made by Robert Indiana's estate against Morgan Art Foundation

The decision follows a similar ruling made last July in which the estate’s counterclaims of non-payment of royalties and unauthorised reproductions were dismissed

How to make the most of an artist’s estate

Four takeaways from the Institute for Artists’ Estates’ Los Angeles workshop

Robert Indiana latest: New York judge dismisses majority of counterclaims made by artist’s estate against Morgan Art Foundation

Allegations that the foundation underpaid Indiana and fabricated unauthorised reproductions of his work were rejected this week


Robert Indiana’s estate tries to prevent further reproductions of artist’s LOVE and HOPE works

Fresh claims made in court say licensing agreements with the Morgan Art Foundation and publisher Michael McKenzie ended when Indiana died a year ago

Long Island home and sculpture park of Ernst Neizvestny—who designed Khrushchev's tombstone—at centre of legal row

A dispute between Neizvestny’s wife and daughter threatens the late Russian artist’s estate and monumental works


'Poor but sexy' no more: property boom drives out Berlin's artists

The German capital once attracted talent from across the world with its cheap rents, but gentrification is making an exodus already seen in London and New York

Sotheby’s in deal to sell estate of hip-hop pioneer and graffiti artist Rammellzee

Auction house is enlisting dealers and curators to promote the legacy of the polymath who is believed to have cursed his collection

Will Robert Indiana’s legacy get stuck in a legal battle?

The artist wanted his home to become a museum but his 2016 will is being challenged


In pictures: South African photographer David Goldblatt, who captured the harsh reality of apartheid, dies aged 87

Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg says it will represent his legacy and estate with “honour, respect and responsibility”

Modigliani archive ruling against granddaughter

Nechtschein-Modigliani does retain moral rights over the artist's work, however

Dealers circle Basquiat’s estate

There are “all kinds of rumours swirling” around the estate of the graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Beuys returns to Schloss Moyland after refurbishment

Some works will not be on display, lest the museum incur a €250,000 copyright fine

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Dealers named in Giacometti fraud case sentenced to two years' imprisonment as over 1,150 sculptures of dubious provenance surface

However, the two chief defendants must wait until all evidence has been seen before the verdict can be given

Museum Schloss Moyland banned from displaying images of Beuys performance

German court rules museum breached artist’s copyright by displaying photographs of 1964 happening

Copyright dispute over Joseph Beuys show in Germany

The Moyland Castle Museum closed the exhibition but plans to appeal

Rehabilitating Salvador Dalí: The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation's ongoing battles

Twenty years after his death, the artist’s legacy has been severely damaged by the proliferation of works and organisations which carry his name

Francis Bacon claims his place at the top of the market

As Tate Britain opens a major travelling retrospective, we examine the factors underpinning the meteoric rise in prices for the artist’s work and reveal the identity of his biggest collectors


Burri estate war is over

Eleven-year dispute has been settled out of court

Foundation circumventing directions of Giacometti's late wife by limiting collection's exposure, says brother-in-law

Mr Arm, who previously contested his sister's will, now asks that part of the estate goes to auction

Calder estate sells works through Thomas Dane

The works up for grabs range from jewellery to mobiles

Dalí estate resolves bitter dispute with Demart

The Foundation has settled a long-running battle over rights

The Giacometti Foundation becomes a reality at long last, but lawsuits brought against the Association wear on

In accordance with the president of the Foundation's emphasis on turning over a new leaf, none of the Association's members have been elected to the board


Former French Foreign Minister and a leading auctioneer ordered to trial over money kept back from Giacometti estate sales

Roland Dumas and Jacques Tajan face accusations of abuse of confidence after evidence suggests proceeds from auction were illicitly retained

Francis Bacon’s heir dies

Solicitors for John Edwards’ estate deny that his lover has inherited the art

Association Giacometti's dwindling funds compel Paris courts to sue

Their problems could be blamed on the troubled stock market or an ongoing lawsuit between the directors and the executor of the bequest


Christie's Giacometti sale stopped half way through and last 12 lots revoked

Once enough money to pay off the Giacometti Association's bills had been made, the sale was brought to the close, to the chagrin of foreign buyers

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Christie's Giacometti sale overshadowed by interference of French auctioneers and Giacometti Association protests

The auction was moved to Drouot after commisaire-priseurs' took objection to court-directed sales legislature being overlooked

Giacometti Association consigns sculptures and illustrated book to Christie's for auction as legal fees mount

The estate was bequeathed to the Giacometti Association as a temporary measure to clear the way for a foundation, although these plans were derailed by Roland Dumas's misconduct

The Estate of Francis Bacon drops legal action against Marlborough

No evidence of blackmail, and video shows the artist satisfied with his gallery

Archives seized from Giacometti Association following family's wishes

Archives, boxes of drawings and documents pertaining to court procedures were confiscated by bailiffs, following the freezing of their assets last year

Marlborough wins suit against Schwitters estate

Bacon executor denies parallels with its own case

Battle to save Joseph Beuys wallcovering at Landesmuseum

Debate over whether it constitutes part of the original “Block Beuys” installation

The battle over copyright: Even in death, Dalí spreads chaos

Millions of dollars from reproduction rights, hundreds of thousands of fakes and the authority to authenticate works are at stake. The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, set up to care for his work, claims that Demart, which administers his intellectual property rights, is failing to do its job

Letters to the Editor: “Alberto Giacometti did not use Redoutey’s foundry”

The director of the Giacometti Association, Mary Lisa Palmer, corrects our coverage of the Giacometti plaster models and demystifies the forthcoming Giacometti Foundation

Interview with Brian Clarke on the Bacon estate: In litigation mode

The new sole executor of Bacon's estate talks in his first public interview about the teams of lawyers now working to see that the artist’s beneficiary, John Edwards, receives precisely what Francis intended him to receive. And that is everything

Judge orders smashing of Giacometti plaster models

Founder of unauthorised casts sentenced to ten years

The Francis Bacon estate: Surprise move

The heir to the British painter’s works changes galleries from Marlborough to Tony Shafrazi


Unexplained blocking of proposals for Giacometti Foundation by French art authorities could point to a manipulative strategy

Delays over approving Giacometti Foundation suggest deliberate obstruction, so the only option remaining will be to hand over the collection to the state

Descharnes wins back Dali rights from Spanish State

Dali's former secretary has been successful in his appeal

Dalí commission to sort things out with new expert team in Figueras

The Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí fills the hole left by break with Robert Descharnes

Dalí’s former secretary Descharnes fights back against governmental meddling in estate rights

“The Spanish State cannot cancel a private agreement which is valid until 2004”

Divorce in casa Dalí as Gala-Dalí Foundation and Spain seize control

State and Foundation cancel their contract with Descharnes, the artist’s former secretary and administrator of copyright

Eighteen Giacometti pieces from his wife’s estate to be sold by auctioneer Jacques Tajan

Sculptural ensemble "La clairière" is a standout, expected to reach up to 6 million francs

Final decision on carve up of Dalí estate in Spain

Attempts to control spread of fakes with thousands seized in New York

Furore over sale of Dalí rights to British financial group

Henry Ansbacher is said to have paid $15m (£7.5m) for the Spaniard’s copyright