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Auctioneers on alert: if you don’t mind your attributions you’ll run risk of fakes

Three articles recently published in ATG focused on the sale of a painting and in each case the key issue was authenticity.

Each of the pictures had been sold at auction or in a deal brokered by an auction house.

But what implications did these sales have for the auction houses in question, and when will an auction house be liable to a buyer when a fake picture passes through its hands?

Authenticity disputes

To recap, the first article described the ongoing litigation relating to a picture which was sold as an Old Master (Frans Hals) for $10m, in a private sale brokered by a major auction house (ATG No 2279). The picture’s authenticity has subsequently been disputed.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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