Art collector’s court case signals potential legal and contractual issues with NFTs –

Posted October 28th, 2021 in arbitration, artistic works, auctioneers, internet, news by sally

‘Liverpool-based art collector and computer programmer Amir Soleymani has recently filed a High Court claim against non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace Nifty Gateway, concerning the auction terms relating to his $650,000 third-place bid for digital artist Beeple’s “Abundance” NFT.’

Full Story, 26th October 2021


Auction house loses ‘dual purpose’ art litigation privilege case –

Posted December 10th, 2018 in artistic works, auctioneers, counterfeiting, news, privilege by sally

‘An auction house has failed to establish litigation privilege over correspondence with experts about whether or not a painting it sold was counterfeit, in a case brought by the seller of that painting.’

Full Story, 10th December 2018


Letters to art experts not covered by litigation privilege – Litigation Futures

‘Letters between Sotheby’s and two art experts concerning the authenticity of an Old Master painting sold for over $11m are not covered by litigation privilege, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th November 2018


Antiques dealer found guilty of trying to sell elephant tusk at Christie’s after being ‘misled by expert’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 9th, 2016 in animals, auctioneers, environmental protection, fines, news by tracey

‘A dealer who tried to sell an elephant tusk at Christie’s has been spared a fine after claiming he was “misled” by their antiques experts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2016


Christie’s fined £3,000 for putting banned elephant tusk up for sale – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 24th, 2016 in auctioneers, costs, fines, news by sally

‘World-famous Christie’s Auction House were fined £3,250 today after putting a banned elephant tusk up for sale on their website.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd May 2016


Thwaytes v Sothebys – WLR Daily

Posted January 20th, 2015 in artistic works, auctioneers, duty of care, law reports, negligence by sally

Thwaytes v Sothebys [2015] EWHC 36 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 12

‘The standard of care imposed on an auction house where a person consigned a work of art for research and assessment was no greater than that owed to a person who consigned a work of art for sale.’

WLR Daily, 16th Janury 2015


Law Society defies scholars with Mendham Collection auction – The Guardian

Posted June 3rd, 2013 in auctioneers, budgets, Christianity, Law Society, legal aid, news by sally

“The Law Society, facing straitened times following successive cuts in legal aid, is auctioning a collection of rare Reformation-era bibles and religious tracts in defiance of protests from scholars.”

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The Guardian, 3rd June 2013


Auctioneer fined for selling chest of drawers containing birds’ eggs – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 31st, 2010 in animals, auctioneers, fines, news by sally

“An auctioneer has been fined £1,000 and left with a criminal record for trying to sell a chest of drawers containing 100-year-old birds’ eggs.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2010


Strange case of Damien Hirst and the stuffed squirrels sale – The Times

Posted December 6th, 2007 in auctioneers, news by sally

“The former owner of a museum of Victorian curiosities is suing the auction house that sold it for turning down a £1 million offer from the artist Damien Hirst.”

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The Times, 6th December 2007