Latest in Frans Hals Forgery Case

November 17 2020

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Picture: The Art Newspaper

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Newspaper have reported on the latest development in the case surrounding a forged Frans Hals that made headlines a few years ago.

The case had been in the appeal courts last week. There seems to have been a great deal of wrangling over the legalities of whether Fairlight Art Ventures, who were joint owners of the painting with dealer Mark Weiss, were in fact 'financiers' or 'partners' to Weiss. The company claims that as 'financiers' they would not be held liable for any losses from the gallery or Sotheby's who brokered the painting's sale. Sotheby's have dubbed this move a 'smoke screen'.

A ruling is expected next year.

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