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Clay v. Sotheby's Chicago

Clay v. Sotheby’s Chicago, 257 F. Supp. 2d 973 (S.D. Ohio 2003); No. 3-99-cv-0426, (S.D. Ohio Jan. 9, 2004), enforcing settlement agreement.

Alta Clay consigned a number of antiques to Sotheby’s, but when they failed to sell at her expectations, she elected to withdraw them from auction. Alta brought a claim against Sotheby’s for negligent sale of her property below market value, recovery of the expenses she paid in retrieving the items, and damages for lost and damaged items. Sotheby’s demanded payment of a withdrawal fee and storage fees for the time Clay left her property with Sotheby’s after she withdrew it from auction . . . .

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