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DeBruno v. Sotheby’s

DeBruno v. Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., No. 84-cv-3021 (D. N.J. 1984).

Plaintiff Philip DeBruno, an art dealer, consigned a painting to defendant Sotheby’s auction house. Sotheby’s experts decided the painting was an authentic George Stubbs and gave a $60,000-$80,000 estimate. DeBruno signed a consignment agreement with Sotheby’s. When the winning bidder refused payment over

authenticity issues, DeBruno did not take Sotheby’s suggested actions and instead sought damages for breach of contract, misrepresentation, and breach of consignment. The New Jersey District Court dismissed all charges and awarded summary judgment  to the defendant.

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