18 July 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Heir decries Fondation Beyeler’s plan to sell Dubuffet works donated by collector: In a move that has provoked controversy, the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland is planning to sell four paintings by Jean Dubuffet gifted to the private museum by the French art collector Micheline Renard, wife of the late automotive executive Claude-Louis Renard, in 2013.

12.07.2021, Art News: Heir decries Fondation Beyeler’s plan to sell Dubuffet works donated by collector 

13.07.2021.2021, Artforum: Heir denounces Fondation Beyeler’s plan to deaccession donated Dubuffet paintings

07.07.2021, Le Journal des Arts: Malaise autour de la vente par la Fondation Beyeler d’une partie de sa collection

Warning over Brexit effect on British hallmarking: When the UK left the European Union, the 1998 European Court of Justice ‘Houtwipper Agreement’ (which enabled mutual recognition of hallmarks between member states of the EU) was ended.

12.07.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Warning over Brexit effect on British hallmarking

German City’s restitution of Franz Marc painting comes to a standstill: In April, the German city of Düsseldorf decided to restitute a Franz Marc painting to the heirs of a Jewish businessman who sold the work during World War II. That return will not come to pass just yet, however.

09.07.2021, Art News: German City’s restitution of Franz Marc painting comes to a standstill

German museum repatriates Lakota Chief’s shirt, citing ‘moral and ethical reasons’: With German institutions placing a renewed emphasis on the repatriation of various objects in their holdings, the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt said this week that it had given the leather shirt of Chief Daniel Hollow Horn Bear (Mato He Oklogeca), of the Teton Lakota, to his great-grandson Chief Duane Hollow Horn Bear. In a press release, the museum cited “moral and ethical reasons” for the return.

09.07.2021, Art News: German museum repatriates Lakota Chief’s shirt, citing ‘moral and ethical reasons’

Legal battle over €15m Leonardo discovery: owner, Tajan auction house and French government fight it out: A lawsuit has been filed against France’s culture ministry by the owner of a Leonardo da Vinci drawing who has been blocked from selling it and shipping it abroad.  

08.07.2021, The Art Newspaper: Legal battle over €15m Leonardo discovery: owner, Tajan auction house and French government fight it out

08.07.2021, Le Journal des Arts: Bataille autour de la vente d’un dessin de Vinci : Bachelot assignée en référé, audience renvoyée en octobre

German socialite Angela Gulbenkian pleads guilty to theft in London court: The German art dealer and socialite Angela Gulbenkian, who was extradited to the UK following her arrest in Lisbon last year, has pled guilty to two counts of theft in a London court, according to the Portugese news outlet Publico. Gulbenkian—who became a member of one of Europe’s most prominent art collecting families when she married Duarte Gulbenkian, the great-grand-nephew of the oil tycoon Calouste Gulbenkian—had been scheduled to appear in a Southwark Crown Court in February 2020 on charges stemming from the fraudulent sales of an Andy Warhol print and a Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture, which she denied. But her failure to show up led London’s Metropolitan Police to issue a European Arrest Warrant for the heiress, who was tracked down several months later in Lisbon.

08.07.2021, The Art Newspaper: German socialite Angela Gulbenkian pleads guilty to theft in London court

08.07.2021, Artforum: German heiress pleads guilty to swindling collector out of Kusama’s $1.4M pumpkin

New VAT rules for EU imports take effect this month: From July 1 companies selling goods valued at €150 (£128) or below to consumers in EU member states will have to charge import VAT. Firms must collect VAT from customers at the checkout.

08.07.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: New VAT rules for EU imports take effect this month

United State

Man is accused of attempting to sell fake Basquiats and Harings: Angel Pereda, 49, of Mexico, was taken into custody in New York and charged with wire fraud after prosecutors accused him of trying to sell artworks that he falsely claimed had been created by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York announced on Friday.

09.07.2021, The New York Times: Man is accused of attempting to sell fake Basquiats and Harings

12.07.2021, The Art Newspaper: Mexican man arrested by FBI for attempting to sell allegedly fake works by Basquiat and Haring

World

Christie’s results for first half of 2021 show marked shift towards Asia, online and private sales—and female auctioneers: Showing some recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the auction market, Christie’s sales totalled $3.5bn (£2.5bn) in the first half of 2021, the company’s second highest results in the past six years. The results represent a 13% in turnover on the same period in pre-pandemic 2019.

14.07.2021, The Art Newspaper: Christie’s results for first half of 2021 show marked shift towards Asia, online and private sales—and female auctioneers

Auction sales more than triple this year: Auction sales were up 230 per cent in the first half of 2021, the first evidence that the industry has bounced back quickly from the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. Data from Pi-eX finds that sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips, the largest international auction houses, hit a total $5.8bn by June 30, up from $1.75bn in 2020.

08.07.2021, The Financial Times: Auction sales more than triple this year

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