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Insurers fight $107m claim for Modigliani paintings seized by Italian police

A US dealer says he is owed millions by insurance brokers for 12 works that were confiscated by authorities from the Palazzo Ducale in 2017 as suspected fakes

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Art adviser sues Rudy Giuliani for $15k in unpaid fees

The former New York City mayor and Trump's personal lawyer allegedly hired the firm to appraise the value of his collection during bitter divorce battle

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Insurers hit by art-world class action lawsuit as coronavirus crisis bites

Claimants including major museums and art galleries accuse companies of failing to pay out on Covid-19 pandemic

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New York dealer Adam Lindemann sues real estate titan Aby Rosen to get out of his lease

The owner of Venus over Manhattan gallery is withholding rent and demanding his $365,000 security deposit back due to coronavirus lockdowns that have shuttered the space

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Diary

When it comes to this Spanish psychic, Dalí is not the father

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Former Paddle8 chief executive sued for $1m

Following the online auction house's bankruptcy filing, creditors claim Valentine Uhovski mismanaged funds from online sales and charity auctions

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Old Masters

Old Master scandal dealt fresh blow as Court of Appeal rejects arrest warrant

French investigation into Giuliano Ruffini, the prime suspect in the case, is hampered by Milan ruling

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Dodgy dealers beware: anti-fraud lawsuits are on the rise

A spate of fraudulent agents in the dock this year give the art trade a bad image—even if only a few individuals are involved

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Lawsuits

Collector wins $1.7 million in damages from New York Gallery over violation of lending contract

Jean-Pierre Lehmann was denied “the right of first refusal over everybody”

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Copyright

The verdict that flies in the face of art history: Luc Tuymans guilty of copyright infringement

A Belgian court recently found Tuymans guilty, a ruling that ignores appropriation’s vital role in art over the centuries and has worrying implications for the future

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Lawsuits

Barbara Allbritton sues IRS for $40.6m tax refund

The collector is arguing that no transfer of ownership of her collection ever took place

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March 2015

Collector Frank Fertitta discovers his 'Rothko' is a Knoedler fake after reading The Art Newspaper

He is now suing former employees of the gallery

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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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Knoedler

Knoedler cases to investigate who should be blamed for neglecting to exercise due diligence

Court papers raise the question of who should have spotted fakes

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Mugrabis

Mugrabis dragged into Gagosian legal case

Ongoing lawsuit between the financier Ronald Perelman and the dealer Larry Gagosian

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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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Forgeries

Chain of custody ruling could change the legal landscape for art forgery cases in New York

Establishing the defendant is at fault just got that much trickier

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Forgeries

Fakes still on the market as Knoedler victims sue

New lawsuits filed after we publish list of those who bought forgeries—some of which have not been traced

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Knoedler

Names of buyers deceived by Knoedler Gallery fakes disclosed

The document details museums, art dealers and private collectors who have brought charges against the gallery and its disgraced director

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Auctions

Trade let down by court ruling

Decision on auction houses’ liability for fakes finds in favour of buyers—but only on a technicality

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Knoedler

Who sued whom: A comprehensive timeline of the Knoedler lawsuits

How a forgery scandal brought about the downfall of New York's most prestigious gallery

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Lawsuits

Swiss collector Stephan Schmidheiny sentenced to 18-year term

Schmidheiny is to appeal the verdict, citing the charges relating to asbestos manufacturing as 'absurd'

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Lawsuits

Collector Steven Brooks says Sotheby’s sold him Nazi art

Uncertainty over whether the work—once owned by Goering—was looted has apparently left it unsaleable

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Cambodia

Cambodian sculpture case will go to trial

Sotheby's sale halted as Cambodia demands its return

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YouTube

Artist Matthais Fritsch sued by reluctant YouTube star as “Technoviking” alleges breach of privacy

Litigation continues over the artwork that went viral

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Knoedler

Knoedler saga shows no sign of abating after last month's settlement as multiple suits remain unresolved

Several of the New York gallery's representatives have been indicted for engineering the sale of Abstract Expressionist forgeries

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Forgeries

Victims of forgery are ‘left in limbo’ by legal proceedings

Recent high-profile trials mean collectors are wondering where to turn if they think they have fakes

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Lawsuits

Collector Rudy Kurniawan charged over pledged art for loan on top of previous wine scandal

Bank sells several works to recoup $3m loan

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Forgeries

Indonesian tycoon Tong Djoe loses appeal in fake case

An Indonesian businessman has lost his appeal against claims that he sold a fake painting, according to reports in the Singapore press

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Lawsuits

Dealer Gary Tatintsian takes Lew Nussberg to court over fake Malevich drawings after scientific analysis

The case has proved to be colourful, with Tatintsian counter suing Nussberg for at least $62m

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Park West Gallery

Park West sued again

They deny selling fake Dalí works

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Alberto Giacometti

Paris foundation loses battle to cast bronzes from original Giacometti plasters

The decision, backed by the Zurich's Giacometti Stiftung and the Berthoud family, has been appealed

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Marion True

Has peace broken out after the trial of Marion True?

One writer says the pressure on American museums has eased, but another insists Italian prosecutors remain combative

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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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Art dealers

Legal battle between dealers over Leonardo drawing draws to a close

The settlement has not yet been revealed

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Economics

Lawyers, funds and money: How litigious is the art world?

And is litigation in the art world on the rise?

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

Texan charm upsets collectors’ son

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Leonardo da Vinci

Appeal against Christie's concerning the Leonardo Princess fails on statute of limitations

Jeanne Marchig misses out

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Leonardo da Vinci

Dickinson to sue Luxembourg Art over Leonardo drawing

Fallout from Leonardo case sees London dealers locked in legal dispute

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Marion True

The Marion True case has concluded, but how does the former antiquities curator of the Getty Museum feel about the outcome?

“Neither condemned nor vindicated”: Marion True on why it is hard to accept the lack of verdict after her five-year trial

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo case exposes back-room deals

A court ruling over commission on the sale of a drawing has revealed a complex web of payments

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Joseph Beuys

Museum Schloss Moyland banned from displaying images of Beuys performance

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

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Marion True

Marion True case set for final hearing?

After more than 5 years of hearings, the case is finally closing

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Marion True

Marion True, former Getty curator, trial collapses

Victims include prime minister’s father-in-law and an old master art dealer

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: The cautionary tale of America’s other “Leonardo”

The painting that still languishes in a vault, despite nearly a century of squabbling

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US politics

Artists and academics fight animal rights activists in Supreme Court

Anti-censorship group believes law against images of cruelty limits artistic freedoms

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Lawsuits

Collector and Madoff associate Ezra Merkin finds himself in court

He is accused of defrauding his investors, which include charities

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Marion True

Marion True trial: Expert archaeologist Rizzo ends prosecution testimony

As the testimony of the expert witness comes to a close, we look at what the next hearing will entail

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Gagosian Gallery

Prince and Gagosian fight back over copyright

Response to lawsuit by French photographer claims images not “strikingly original”

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Marion True

Further documents link key defendants in Marion True trial

Hearings drag on into fifth year

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Marion True

Getty letters analysed in Marion True trial

The letters aid claims that the Getty Museum were aware of the origin of the illegally excavated artefacts

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Forgeries

Judge orders conclusion to case on the legitimacy of the ossuary which may have belonged to Jesus' half-brother

The forgery enquiry has lasted four years, so far

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Sotheby's

Sotheby’s sues technology entrepreneur for non-payment

Defendant says auction house did not disclose its ownership of painting

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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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Liechtenstein

Prince of Liechtenstein withdraws loans from Germany in dispute over leaked bank details

The Neue Pinakothek in Munich has been forced to cancel a major exhibition scheduled to open next month

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Marion True

“The Fleischmann Collection was just a front” - updates on the Marion True trial

The latest hearing in the Marion True trial links Getty to convicted dealer, again

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Christie’s hits back over disputed Basquiat

Auction house seeks dismissal of lawsuit

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Lawsuits

Dodgy dealers, curators and collectors named in the Marion True trial in Rome

The latest in the trial of former Getty antiquities curator, Marion True, and the Paris-based dealer Robert Hech both charged with conspiring to receive illegally excavated antiquities

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Lawsuits

Artist Bjarne Melgaard is suing his former backer

Sculptor says collector made too many editions

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Sculpture

Disputed fifth-century fragment returns to auction after Iran's injunction blocking its sale thrown out

Reinforced legitimacy adds £500,000 to upper estimate

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Antiquities & Archaeology

UCL damned over handling of looted Aramaic antiquities

A report which concluded that ancient bowls on loan from a Norwegian collector “must have been illegally excavated in Iraq” has not been made public

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Lawsuits

Gallery accused of duping collector through operating a “Ponzi” scheme

Salander-O’Reilly denies all charges

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Kazimir Malevich

City of Amsterdam may be sued by the US over lawsuit brought by Malevich heirs

The heirs of Kazimir Malevich are seeking the return of 14 paintings from the Stedelijk Museum, claiming they are not entitled to the paintings

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Art market

Warhol board faces threat of class action

Movie producer Joe Simon-Whelan sues, believing his work is genuine

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Marion True

The Marion True trial: troubles in the courtroom

The hearings heated up when one of the defence lawyers threatened to abandon the trial if the prosecution continued its aggressive stance

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Collectors

Collector buying sight-unseen mistakes inches for feet and other art world gossip

Collector of Chinese contemporary gets more than he bargained for..

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Marion True

The Marion True trial: investigation continues

The trial of former Getty antiquities curator continues with prosecutor Daniela Rizzo offering witness evidence

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Forgeries

Photographer Peter Beard sues over forgeries at Sotheby’s

“Crude and brazen forgeries” of the artist's work are popping up in the market

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News

Accountant alleges major fraud at art school founded by Andy Warhol

Charges focus on former executive director of the New York Academy of Art

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Lawsuits

Norwegian collector to sue British university for return of his antiquities

But scholars say they are likely to have been looted from Iraq

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Marion True

November update on Marion True trial

The Art Newspaper reports

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Marion True

Marion True trial delayed by lawyers’ strike

This is in response to Italy's new liberalisation measures

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Marion True

The Marion True trial: continued struggle in the courtroom

Specific artefacts are called into question

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Marion True

The Marion True Trial: information from the courtroom; Sergeant of Carabinieri cross-examined

More evidence is scrutinised

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Getty Museum

Trial of Getty Museum director is a moment of truth for all in the antiquities field

Recent trials forecast shift in collecting policies

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Law

Washington's National Gallery wraps up Vuillard catalogue plagiarism suit with $37,500 payment to Annette Leduc and Brooks Beaulieu

However, a complaint lodged against Guy Cogeval, Antoine Salomon and Mathias Chivot was met with a counter-suit arguing that evidence had been fabricated

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Marion True

Evidence of Getty Venus’s illicit origin shown to court

Trial of Marion True continues with more evidence against her presented in court

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Marion True

The Marion True trial continues: is there any progression in the courtroom?

The Art Newspaper reports on the events of the continuing trial

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Marion True

The Marion True trial continues: more information from the courtroom

However, both True and co-defendant Robert Hecht were absent

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Art market

Tribunal rules in favour of disclosing price of Conrad Shawcross piece

After initially refusing , the true price was eventually disclosed

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Restitution

Austria must return five Nazi-looted Klimt paintings to the heirs of the Jewish collector Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer

“Morally, this is a gain for Austria” not a loss, says Maria Altmann

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Art market

Debt and legal troubles force Berry-Hill Galleries to file for bankruptcy

Christie’s is owed $14 million and there are over 100 other creditors

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Marion True

Ex-Getty antiquities curator appears in Italian court

Marion True made a surprise appearance on the first day of the trial

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Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi evicted from County Hall

The British collector has lost the case over his lease on the riverfront space

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Collector settles suit with Project gallery over violation of first refusal agreement

The settlement terms remain confidential

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Marion True

Now former Getty antiquities curator Marion True goes on trial this month

Marion True has resigned from the museum and the institution is to return three artefacts to Italy

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Saatchi Gallery

Charles Saatchi to move his gallery to Chelsea

The announcement comes as the collector and his Japanese landlord face one another in court

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Marion True

Italian case against Marion True postponed to November

The case, which is the result of a decade-long investigation by Italian police, has been delayed because crucial documents had to be translated

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Nazi loot

$6.5 million settlement to heir for stolen Picasso

Chicago collector agrees to pay claimant to gain title to the work

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Lawsuits

Court action after Renoir archive fails to sell at auction

Collector sues family trust which had withdrawn the artist’s belongings from sale

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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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Kazimir Malevich

US court could hear case against the City of Amsterdam for Kazimir Malevich works of art at the Stedelijk Museum

The heirs of Kazimir Malevich are claiming 14 works which the Dutch institution sent on tour to New York and Houston

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Taj Mahal

Muslims lay claim to Taj Mahal

A Muslim trust in Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located, has claimed ownership of the monument

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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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Maria Altmann

Struggles continue over Klimt Nazi-loot lawsuit

Maria Altmann had urged an earlier trial date while in dispute with Austrian government

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Maria Altmann

Supreme Court says Austria can be sued in the US over Nazi-loot case

The Justices rule six to three in favour of Maria Altmann. She can now pursue her case in American courts

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Phoenix Ancient Art gallery

How the Aboutaams tried, and failed, to sue the Kimbell Art Museum over a Roman torso

Lawsuit against Kimbell Art Museum was dismissed last November

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Marion True

Marion True hearing postponed to March

Postponement is due to document translation troubles

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Alberto Giacometti

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

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Discrimination

Worcester Art Museum sued for Anti-Muslim discrimination

“The museum is committed to fostering a diverse workplace and is an equal opportunity employer,” it said.