An African mask that was sold for 150 euros fetched 4.2 million euros at an auction. Were the French sellers able to undo the sale? How would this case have …
Why choose Russell Advocaten?
Art law practice
Russell Advocaten is a corporate full-service law firm in the Netherlands with a leading position in art and law. Russell Advocaten is internationally renowned for being one of the most important specialists in the field of art and law. We aim to provide our clients with assistance, legal advice and litigation services. With decades of experience in the art law field, we have advised many international art dealers, collectors and museums from around the world in disputes relating to works of art, such as paintings, drawings, etchings, installations and sculptures, both old and modern.
Our clients seek advice on specific questions, such as auction purchase, consignment, or resale right.
“Russell Advocaten has an internationally renowned art law practice and advises art dealers, collectors and museums.” (from: The European Legal 500)
Areas of Expertise
A range of legal issues may arise relating to an art collection or a specific work of art. The complexity of the art world and the field of art and law require the consultation of a specialized lawyer. Russell Advocaten has a vast amount of experience in the following:
- National and international sale and purchase of art and art auctions
- False or wrong attribution, forgery and fraud
- Ownership disputes (bona fide buyers)
- Provenance / Good governance
- International art fairs
- Commission agreements, (sub-)consignment
- agreements and exhibition loans
- Artists’ (resale) rights
- War-looted art
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