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Nazi-looted painting from lost collection returned to Jewish dealer’s family

United Kingdom - January 27 2022 Germany has announced that another Nazi-looted painting will be restituted to the heirs of Jewish dealer Jacques Goudstikker (1897-1940)…

NFT platform OpenSea valued at more than $13 bn following 2021’s boom in digital art

United Kingdom - January 11 2022 One of the most popular platforms for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), OpenSea, revealed in a blog post last week that the company is now valued at $13.3…

New AI tool identifies artists’ “fingerprint” brushstrokes

United Kingdom - January 6 2022 Are the days of art forgers finally numbered? A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool might just provide the answer. Art historians and physicists at…

US billionaire ordered to return looted antiquities worth $70 million (£53 million)

USA - December 14 2021 US billionaire Michael Steinhardt has surrendered his collection of antiquities worth US$70 million (£53 million), after a lengthy investigation…

Jeff Koons sued for copying another artist’s sculpture

USA - December 9 2021 Renowned American pop artist Jeff Koons faces an infringement lawsuit for allegedly copying a sculptural stage setting of a serpent wrapped around a…

Turkey’s claim to marble figure quashed by New York Federal Judge ruling

Turkey, USA - September 14 2021 A New York Federal Judge has decided that a marble figure which is owned by hedge fund billionaire Michael Steinhardt and which has spent decades on…

Bank of England museum removes ten artworks linked to slave trade

United Kingdom - September 8 2021 The Bank of England, which has its own museum, will no longer display eight oil paintings and two busts connected to the slave trade. Earlier this…

New York gallery’s lawsuit against Italy over seized ancient bust dismissed

USA - August 6 2021 A judge has dismissed the New York-based Safani Gallery’s lawsuit against Italy over a seized bust of Alexander the Great. Questions had been raised…

UK government cuts funding by 50% to higher education creative arts subjects

United Kingdom - July 23 2021 Proposals to cut funding for art and design courses by 50% across higher education institutions in England have been approved by the government…

What are the legal issues concerning Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)?

United Kingdom - July 8 2021 Whether NFTs are the future of the art market or a bubble, the continued growth of the phenomenon of minting and selling digital artworks as NFTs…