Legal Cases


Old Master dispute set for high court

18 February 2017

A DISPUTE over a $10m Old Master looks to be heading to the High Court after London dealer Mark Weiss said he would “vigorously” defend a legal claim made against him by Sotheby’s last week.

Frans Hals portrait

Sotheby's and dealer Mark Weiss head to court in Old Master dispute over Frans Hals portrait

06 February 2017

Sotheby’s has begun legal action against dealer Mark Weiss over the sale of a Frans Hals painting that it now believes to be “undoubtedly a forgery”. However Weiss said he will "contest the claim vigorously".

New York

Dealer involved in $80m New York art forgery scandal sentenced

02 February 2017

A judge has ruled that the New York art dealer involved in the $80m forgery scandal that brought down the Knoedler gallery will not serve further prison time.

Museum of Modern Art Paris

French dealer claims he destroyed $100m of paintings from 'Spider-Man' art theft

01 February 2017

A co-defendant of the accused art thief known as 'Spider-Man' told a court room in France he had destroyed five paintings worth more than $100m.

Saint Jerome painting

Sotheby’s sues vendor of Italian Old Master as ‘fakes scandal’ reaches court

17 January 2017

Sotheby’s is taking legal action to recover its losses over the sale of a ‘fake’ Italian Old Master.

Suspected fraudster denies swindling elderly out of £650,000 worth of antiques

16 December 2016

A suspected antiques scammer faced court accused of taking antiques worth more than £650,000 from elderly people.


Heritage Auctions sues Christie’s firm over ‘data breach’ claims

14 December 2016

Dallas based Heritage Auctions is suing a Christie’s-owned firm in the US over alleged data theft.

London dealer sues artist’s foundation in New York

06 December 2016

London’s Mayor Gallery has filed a complaint in New York state court claiming the Agnes Martin foundation acted wrongly when rejecting works submitted for authentication.

Stamford antiques dealer handed five-year prison sentence

28 October 2016

Stamford dealer Stuart Porter has been sentenced to five years and four months behind bars after pleading guilty to fraud charges.

Collector and shippers indicted over New York tax dodge

21 October 2016

A Manhattan district attorney has warned the art and antiques trade of its obligations regarding local sales taxes after a collector and his shippers were indicted for fraud.

Neville awaits sentencing in Mallett embezzlement case

14 October 2016

Henry Neville, former director at Mallett and head of their New York branch, has pleaded guilty to all criminal charges relating to an embezzlement case brought by US authorities.

The late Sir Michael Butler

Auctioneers brought in to value Chinese art collection after family spat

06 October 2016

A family row over a large collection of 17th century Chinese porcelain escalated this week after Art Fund trustee Caroline Butler hired Christie’s to value the collection.

Daughter continues fight to keep family Chinese art collection together

28 September 2016

A large collection of 17th century Chinese porcelain could be broken up and sold after a family feud among the heirs of Sir Michael Butler, a former aide to Margaret Thatcher.

ATG launches seminar on CITES with SoFAA and BADA as antique ivory trade rules tighten

26 September 2016

Antiques Trade Gazette is partnering with auctioneer body SoFAA and dealer organisation the BADA to host a seminar on the essentials of CITES, as the government announces tougher rules around the trade of ivory-based objects.

Wildenstein tax trial begins in Paris

26 September 2016

The long-awaited tax fraud trial of art dealer Guy Wildenstein has begun in Paris.

Another lawsuit filed against Kenos

01 September 2016

Following the lawsuits filed against New York-based appraisers Leigh and Lesley Keno, a further US regional auction house have now made a claim over unpaid debts.

Keno brothers sued over debts but insist creditors will be paid

22 August 2016

New York-based appraisers Leigh and Lesley Keno, two of the best-known faces of the US version of TV programme Antiques Roadshow, are facing increasing scrutiny as their debts mount with a string of regional auction houses.

Thousands of ‘frozen’ manuscripts from bankrupt Aristophil fund to return to market

28 July 2016

Historical documents and manuscripts from the scandal-hit Aristophil investment scheme could soon return to the market as the slow process of restitution promises to quicken in the coming weeks.

COMMENT: As the clock ticks on ivory antiques, there are three things the industry must do

26 July 2016

As world legislators clamp down on the modern ivory trade, an ATG round table reveals the antique variety has a serious image problem to tackle

California ivory challenge reaches courtroom

21 June 2016

A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles heard the opening salvos in a legal challenge to California’s uncompromising law that bans the sale of practically all ivory objects – including those fashioned from narwhal and walrus tusks and sperm whale teeth.