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Downing Street visitor book

Owner of 10 Downing Street visitor book plans sale after dismissing Treasury claim

14 February 2024

The owner of a visitor book from 10 Downing Street, during the Margaret Thatcher and John Major era, plans to sell it despite the government saying it is official property.

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Roma Numismatics director Richard Beale admits coin charges

04 September 2023

Richard Beale, director of the London auction house Roma Numismatics, has pleaded guilty to a series of charges in connection with unlawful sales of ancient coins.

Anglo Saxon coins

Men found guilty of selling Anglo Saxon coins from Herefordshire Hoard

28 April 2023

In the latest of a series of court cases, two men have been found guilty of trying to sell rare Anglo-Saxon coins.

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A Lawyer Writes: Why ‘Studio of’ needs a qualified response

17 April 2023

Do your forensic investigation before bidding to avoid nasty surprises

Coins

Roma owner arrested in coin false provenance probe

20 March 2023

Richard Beale, the owner and managing director of London coin auction house Roma Numismatics, has been arrested in New York in connection with the sale of a record-breaking classical coin.

Ivor Braka

Art dealer settles Artist’s Resale Right dispute out of court

20 February 2023

Art dealer Ivor Braka has agreed an out of court settlement to pay Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) royalties in the UK.

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A Lawyer Writes: Andy Warhol painting of Prince photograph creates a legal question of fair or foul use

23 January 2023

Final appeal court decision is now imminent in copyright conundrum

Royal Courts of Justice

Judgments made on London dealers in two separate court cases

12 December 2022

Two separate legal cases involving leading London art dealers have concluded in the High Court.

Jade pony

Jade thieves ordered to pay back proceeds of auction sales

12 September 2022

A man, who along with his father, stole valuable Chinese works of art from the home of an elderly Bedfordshire widow has been asked to pay back more than £200,000.

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A lawyer writes: How judges assess when art and antiques cases need expert witnesses in court

30 May 2022

Focus on how judges assess when art and antiques cases need special evidence

Ivor Braka

Art dealer Ivor Braka hits back at artist resale rights groups' legal action against him

22 March 2022

Art dealer Ivor Braka has spoken out over legal action being taken against him jointly by The Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS) and the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS).

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A lawyer writes: Buyers beware of later ownership disputes

07 February 2022

Arguments surround time limits imposed on subsequent stolen goods claims

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New York collector given lifetime ban after four-year antiquities investigation

13 December 2021

One of New York’s most prolific antiquities collectors has surrendered 180 ‘looted’ items from his collection and been barred for life from acquiring antiquities again.

S Franses

Textile dealer victorious again: costs of court case to be paid by landlord

26 August 2021

Following a long running legal dispute between textile dealer S Franses in Jermyn Street, London and its landlord, Capitaland, presiding Judge Parfitt ordered the landlord to pay the costs of the case.

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A lawyer writes: Due diligence – relying on others leaves you at risk

09 August 2021

A lawyer writes: Leaving client checks to others as an art market participant can be tricky

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British antiques restorer arrested and investigated in US court case

27 July 2021

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is investigating a multi-million-pound Asian antiquities ‘trafficking ring’ and has arrested a British antiques restorer as part of the case.

Leonardo drawing

One Leonardo sold, another caught up in a court battle

12 July 2021

Two Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) drawings created national news last week as Christie’s posted a record for a sketch by the great master in London while a court in Paris is to determine whether another can be legally exported from France.

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London dealer hails victory in six-year legal battle over St James’s lease

28 June 2021

“We want art and antiques galleries to know that this area is now affordable," says dealer S Franses after High Court victory

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Court judgment on rent for St James’s gallery ‘will impact wider market’

22 June 2021

A court victory for textile dealer S Franses will have wider implications for rents across the West End of London, experts predict.

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S Franses returns to court over lease dispute

12 April 2021

Tapestry and textiles specialist S Franses is to face its landlord in court for the fourth time next month.