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UK decides not to participate in EU’s controversial cultural property regulations

European Union, United Kingdom - January 14 2021 Only a few days after finalising Brexit, the UK has announced it will not adhere to the EU’s strict regulations on importing cultural property. This…

Heirs to art-dealing Wildenstein dynasty facing tax fraud retrial

United Kingdom - January 11 2021 The heirs to the art-dealing Wildenstein empire are to return to court for a retrial of their notorious tax fraud case. A Paris court accused Guy…

Art world braced for historic Supreme Court decision on Guelph Treasure

USA - December 9 2020 The US Supreme Court was asked to decide on Monday 7 December whether the heirs to the Guelph Treasure can sue for its restitution in a US court. The…

Another blow for 5Pointz developer who agrees to foot US$2 million legal bill

USA - December 1 2020 The property developer who whitewashed the iconic ‘5Pointz’ street art space in Long Island City, Queens, must pay US$2 million (£1.5 million) in…

New York State takes aim at Sotheby’s in multimillion-dollar tax fraud lawsuit

United Kingdom, USA - November 9 2020 New York state filed suit against Sotheby’s auction house over alleged tax fraud on Friday 6 November 2020. The claim was brought by New York…

Deaccessioning in the age of covid: US museums face new criticism

United Kingdom, USA - November 4 2020 As a growing number of masterpieces head to auction in the US, critics question whether deaccessioning is the right approach for museums to take in…

Dispute over Pissarro shared by France and USA returns to court

France, United Kingdom - November 3 2020 The owner of a Camille Pissarro painting plundered by the Nazis during the Second World War has reopened a decades-long battle over its ownership…

Alarm over criminalisation of Benin Bronze protester

United Kingdom - September 29 2020 Restitution campaigners have expressed alarm over the conviction of a man who staged a protest at the Museum of London in January 2020. 33-year-old…

Arts world welcomes landmark judgment on Covid-19 insurance payouts

United Kingdom - September 21 2020 In a boost for arts organisations hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, the High Court handed down a judgment on 15 September offering guidance on when…

Banksy at centre of legal battle back on display in Folkestone

United Kingdom - September 18 2020 Banksy lovers have cause for mass celebration this Friday 18 September when ‘Art Buff’ will be returning to Folkestone. The street artwork depicting…