Saturday 17 January 2015

Cardsharps Update

Last October I reported on the legal kerfuffle over a copy of Caravaggio's The Cardsharps (CLICK). Bill Thwaytes, the previous owner of the disputed painting, has lost his case in the High Court in London. The judge upheld Sotherby's argument that by consulting experts it had done enough to determine whether the painting was a copy by Caravaggio or by a "follower of Caravaggio" as the painting had been described at auction (CLICK). The judge didn't have to decide whether the painting was by Caravaggio or not, merely that Sotherby's had done its job. The truth of authenticity of the painting would make a fine case for Fake Or Fortune?


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