"Oh no it isn't"

February 28 2012

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Picture: Bonhams

The Art Newspaper has an interesting story about a Modigliani recently sold by Bonhams for £825,250. The Modigliani Institute has refused to publish the work as authentic, and will not publish it in the forthcoming catalogue raisonne by Christian Parisot. However, the picture will be published as authentic by Parisot's apparent 'rival', Marc Restellini, who is also compiling a Modigliani catalogue. 

So far so confusing. But then, at the end of The Art Newspaper article is this:

Parisot inherited the moral right to authenticate the artist's work through his friendship with Modigliani's daughter.

Inheriting the right to authenticate paintings? Who came up with this madness? 

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