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Thwaytes v Sotheby’s

[2015] EWHC 36 (Ch)

Court: High Court
Andrew Bruce

Represented Mr Thwaytes in his claim for damages again Sotheby's.  The claim arose out or research undetaken and advice given by Sotheby's in respect of a painting of "The Cardsharpes" owned by Mr Thwaytes.  The painting was subsequently sold through Sotheby's for £42,000 and the following year the purchaser, Sir Denis Mahon, announced that the painting was by Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio (Caravaggio) and worth millions of pounds.  The painting was then exhibited in Trapani and Forli, Italy and is now on display at the Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell.


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