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Art agent accused of undervaluation

Mayfair art agent Timothy Sammons is facing a fresh legal battle over the sale of paintings and could face extradition to the US.

The latest court case involves an action brought by Lesley, Dowager Viscountess Hambleden, the widow of William Smith, 4th Viscount Hambleden, whose family founded high-street retailer WH Smith.

She claims Sammons undervalued the family’s painting The English Royal Yacht Mary About to Fire a Salute by Willem van de Velde the Younger.

According to reports, documents filed in the supreme court in New York claim Sammons paid Lady Hambleden an unknown sum in advance for the future sale of the work.

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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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