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Dickson v Christie’s

Court: High Court
Philip Marshall QC, Andrew Bruce

The facts of the case are widely reported - e.g. Mail Online and BBC.

The Claimants settled a professional negligence claim immediately before trial in which they alleged that an international auction house had failed to undertake appropriate research and/or advise them to have their painting of 'Salome' cleaned and restored, when such research and/or cleaning would have revealed that the painting had been in the collection of King Charles II and and was likely to have been by the hand of Titian.  The painting was subsequently sold by the auction house for £8,000.  When the painting re-appeared on the market, having been restored, it was valued at US$ 4-6 million. A case of significant interest that would, had it not settled, have provided guidance as to the duty of care of international auction houses when they agree to "Research & Advise" on art-works.

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