Legacy

There has been significant recent growth in representation by art-market professionals of the estates of artists who died in recent times, and such activity is fast becoming an established business sp… Continue Reading Legacy

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Living Legacies

Two interesting new tools have recently been published to help artists plan their legacies. In October 2018 the UK’s Art360 Foundation launched a free app designed ‘to make archiving and cultural pres… Continue Reading Living Legacies

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Artists’ Estate Management

During their early careers, planning for posterity is a low priority for most artists. But as careers develop, especially if market and/or critical successes are achieved, what should happen to works… Continue Reading Artists’ Estate Management

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The Artist’s Estate

A tale of an ill-drawn Will and 798 paintings was told in this column 40 years ago following a New York State court’s 1975 decision in favour of Mark Rothko’s children, who had contested their father’… Continue Reading The Artist’s Estate

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Suing Art Experts

Last month’s consideration of art after death suggested that artists might adopt straightforward and sensible practices to authenticate and inventorise their works, to avoid difficulty and complicatio… Continue Reading Suing Art Experts

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Death of an Artist

Artistic legacies emerged as a theme in art news reports towards the end of 2013. For example, UK courts ruled that drawings sold as Francis Bacons were inauthentic, and US court documents revealed th… Continue Reading Death of an Artist

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Catch-22 Inheritance Tax

The absolute certainty of death and taxes poses an unavoidable estate-planning question for owners of artworks: how will they be valued for inheritance tax purposes? A recent valuation dispute between… Continue Reading Catch-22 Inheritance Tax

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The Bacon Estate (1)

The new year ushered in several important judicial decisions dealing with artlaw matters, including the Bacon Estate; the Sotheby’s and Christie’s so-called ‘price-fixing’ case; payments to artists of… Continue Reading The Bacon Estate (1)

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Attribution of Authorship: Warhol

On 15 January 2010 another federal lawsuit was filed in New York City against The Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board. The first lawsuit was filed in 2007 by a London-based collector, Joe Simon; the… Continue Reading Attribution of Authorship: Warhol

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The Dali Wrangle

Salvador Dali, a master of Surrealism died in 1989. A dozen or so years later his legacy has caused substantial legal problems of an equally surrealist nature. The litigants are the Gala-Salvador Dali… Continue Reading The Dali Wrangle

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