Latest News Articles by Milton Silverman

A lawyer writes: In Germany, a winning bid may not be a winner

29 January 2018

I was enjoying the annual SLAD Christmas drinks in December, when a dealer started to recount an extraordinary experience he had with a German auction house.

Buyers: your rights with chargeback facilities

06 November 2017

The Consumer Credit Act provisions enable an aggrieved consumer buyer to make a claim against the credit card company for any breach of contract or misrepresentation by the retailer or trader.


A lawyer writes: The fine balance in export licensing

30 October 2017

The UK rules around judging export licence applications for art works need to be more straightforward...

Stargazer case looks at fundamental art issues

18 September 2017

Christie’s sale of an ancient marble idol has created an art world battleground between Turkey and the saleroom, testing ownership laws...


A Lawyer Writes: When does sold really mean sold?

21 August 2017

A lawsuit filed against Christie’s highlights the legal questions over when the legal title of a work transfers, writes Milton Silverman.


What you need to know about the ‘moral rights’ of an artist in law

19 June 2017

An artist has moral rights in his or her work that cannot be ignored, as a recent case in France proved...

Best make it a flamboyant bid

08 May 2017

When the hammer comes down on your bid, that means the lot is yours. Most of the time this is true, but not always. The auction process and the auctioneer are always fallible.


A lawyer writes: auctioneers need to mind the wording of their artist attributions or run risk of selling fakes

10 April 2017

Three articles recently published in ATG focused on the sale of a painting and in each case the key issue was authenticity. Here, lawyer Milton Silverman provides advice, including legal precedent, on how auctioneers can avoid disputes relating to authenticity as a result of misattribution.

A lawyer writes - The big questions over authentication

04 March 2017

The role and legal status of art authentication committees come under the spotlight in the latest column by Milton Silverman.