24 May 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Thieves steal rosary beads carried by Mary Queen of Scots to her execution: A set of gold rosary beads clutched by Mary Queen of Scots during her execution in 1587 are among a number of treasures stolen from Arundel Castle in West Sussex.

24.05.2021, The Art Newspaper: Thieves steal rosary beads carried by Mary Queen of Scots to her execution

More than 130 Royal College of Art students accuse the school of losing or damaging their work during lockdown: Dozens of current and former graduate students from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London are threatening to sue the school after it allegedly threw away or damaged several years’—and thousands of dollars’—worth of work and art supplies during the lockdown.

21.05.2021, Artnet: More than 130 Royal College of Art students accuse the school of losing or damaging their work during lockdown

Banksy dealt blow in trademark case involving monkey image: The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has ruled against Banksy in a trademark case surrounding the famed street artist’s iconic monkey image. According to a report by the Art Newspaper, the artist’s EU trademark of the work, which was first filed by the entity Pest Control in 2018, has been “declared invalid in its entirety” by the EUIPO.

20.05.2021, Art News: Banksy dealt blow in trademark case involving monkey image

20.05.2021, The Art Newspaper: Not laughing now: Banksy loses second trademark case over famous monkey image

TEFAF Maastricht cancelled for 2021: TEFAF Maastricht had been moved to September this year but the decision has now been taken to cancel the event. In a statement the organisers said: “After careful consideration of current global circumstances, The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has made the decision to cancel the in-person component of TEFAF Maastricht 2021.”

20.05.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: TEFAF Maastricht cancelled for 2021 

21.05.2021, Le Journal des Arts: TEFAF Maastricht annule l’édition 2021 prévue en septembre

Romanian politician gears up to sue Brancusi’s heir over longstanding copyright battle: A fight to take the copyright of the sculptor Constantin Brancusi into the public domain is likely to be heard in a Romanian court after a local politician has backed the campaign.

19.05.2021, The Art Newspaper: Romanian politician gears up to sue Brancusi’s heir over longstanding copyright battle

Stolen Roman frescoes returned to Pompeii after investigation: The archaeological park at Pompeii is celebrating the return of six Roman frescoes that have been recovered following an investigation by Italy’s cultural heritage protection unit, the Guardian reports.

18.05.2021, The GuardianStolen Roman frescoes returned to Pompeii after investigation

19.05.2021, Art News: Frescoes stolen from ancient Roman villas returned to Pompeii

21.05.2021, The Smithsonian Magazine: Six stolen frescoes returned to Pompeii

Germany: 5th suspect arrested over Dresden jewelry theft: German investigators have arrested a fifth suspect in connection with the spectacular theft of 18th-century jewels from a Dresden museum in 2019.

18.05.2021, The Associated Press: Germany: 5th suspect arrested over Dresden jewelry theft

In an effort to recoup losses, Uffizi sells Renaissance masterpieces as NFTs: Looking to recoup losses resulting from the pandemic, the Uffizi Galleries in Florence is offering its most famous artworks for sale as NFTs. The first encrypted work available, Michelangelo’s painting Doni Tondo (1505–06), sold for $170,000. According to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the digital facsimile of Doni Tondo was purchased by an Italian woman as a birthday gift for her husband, a prominent collector.

17.05.2021, Art News: In an effort to recoup losses, Uffizi sells Renaissance masterpieces as NFTs

United States

Nine-figure sums back at auctions: New York’s bumper auction week ended in style as Picasso’s 1932 “Femme assise près d’une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse)” sold for $90m (est $55m, $103.4m with fees) at Christie’s on May 13. The same painting was bought for $45m in 2013, and has since been shown in a landmark exhibition at Tate Modern. Its latest with-premium price marked the first nine-figure public sale since May 2019, when Monet’s “Meules” (1890) sold for $110.7m.

20.05.2021, The Financial Times: Nine-figure sums back at auctions

Sale of museum paintings helps conclude strong auction season: Fifteen objects from cultural institutions passed through Sotheby’s at auction last Wednesday, showing that the debate among museum and industry leaders over deaccessioning hasn’t stopped these sales from occurring.

19.05.2021, The New York Times: Sale of museum paintings helps conclude strong auction season

10.05.2021,The Art Newspaper: Newark Museum of Art’s much-disputed sale of Thomas Cole painting nets $988,000

World

Campaigners fight to preserve monumental Soviet-era murals in Ukraine: Victor Arnautoff’s large-scale 1960s mosaics on public buildings in Mariupol are threatened by neglect and a “decommunisation” campaign. 

24.05.2021, The Art Newspaper: Campaigners fight to preserve monumental Soviet-era murals in Ukraine

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