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Pilliard v. Sotheby’s, Inc.

Pilliard v. Sotheby’s, Inc., 95-cv-7775, (S.D.N.Y. July 10, 1997) (denying summary judgment), reh’g granted in part and denied in part; (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 19, 1998) (dismissing conversion claim); settled out of court.

In 1989, Martha E. Pilliard consigned a jar, purportedly by Paul Gauguin, to Sotheby’s. Unable to authenticate the work, the auction house declined to offer the jar for sale. In 1994, Sotheby’s notified Pilliard that her jar had been lost. She brought suit, but after the court denied . . . .

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