Thomson v. Christie's
Thomson v. Christie Manson & Woods Ltd. and others, (2004) E.W.H.C. 1101 (Q.B.); rev'd, (2005) E.W.C.A. CIV. 555.
A “special client” of Christie’s sued the auction house after she acquired two urns said to be 18th century Louis XV and only learned later about the difficulty of distinguishing these originals from 19th century copies. A British court awarded damages based on Christie’s obligations towards “special clients” even though it determined that . . . .