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Art crime

Why do courts lack conviction in art cases?

Collapse of Bulmer theft case is just the latest in string of failed art-related convictions

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Diary

As Trump impeachment debates roll on, see historic courtroom sketches from Watergate trial

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Forgeries

Fake graffiti reach courts as forgeries on market increase

Man charged with selling works imitating US artist JonOne as genre’s popularity continues to grow

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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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Forgeries

Australian forgeries to be destroyed

Fakes were purported to be by Charles Blackman and Robert Dickerson

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Calder Foundation

Courts cannot dictate authentication board’s decisions, case concerning Calder works finds

Judge says he does not have power over Calder Foundation

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Goudstikker

Norton Simon Museum of Art and Goudstikker heiress to go to court over fight for Cranachs

Marei von Saher claims they are Nazi loot, while Norton Simon believes it has legal title to the paintings

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Fakes & copies

Serial faker, Vilas Likhite found guilty in Los Angeles

More bogus paintings are still out there, says LAPD

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Alberto Giacometti

Foundation circumventing directions of Giacometti's late wife by limiting collection's exposure, says brother-in-law

Mr Arm, who previously contested his sister's will, now asks that part of the estate goes to auction

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Lebanese

Lebanese antiquities dealers prosecuted in US and Egypt

Hicham Aboutaam has pleaded guilty in the US to a Customs misdemeanour while his brother, Ali, is seeking to have his conviction by an Egyptian court nullified

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Pre-Colombian

Uncertainty in the French capital ensues after Ecuadorian ambassador pulls Pre-Colombian art from Paris salerooms

Pieces were seized from three auction houses, a lawsuit is now pending

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Disputes

Bacon Estate v. Marlborough gallery to go to High Court in January

Litigation may reveal the operations of one of London’s leading galleries and its Liechtenstein subsidiary

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Francis Bacon Estate

Marlborough sued over Bacon estate

Artist allegedly exploited and heir denied his inheritance

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Piero Manzoni

Piero Manzoni “Achrome” a fake

The court was convinced by differences in the artists' technique

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Unesco

New UNESCO protocol states attacks on cultural property during wartime will be criminalised

A new protocol allows for prosecution of organisations and individuals, putting pressure on art market professionals

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Fakes & copies

Fake Fautrier: can you trust an artist’s heir?

In deciding that the certificate of the artist’s heir is no longer sufficient to prove a work’s authenticity, French courts will require auctioneers to be more thorough in future

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South Africa

Judge inconclusive on dealer responsibility as South African couple lose case on technicalities

Defendants' story was "reasonably possibly true"

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Sevso silver

The Sevso silver remains in Manhattan storage as court discussions continue

Hungary's appeal of the verdict that was reached in spring awaits a decision