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Winkworth v. Christie Manson and Woods Ltd.

Winkworth v. Christie Manson and Woods Ltd. and Another, [1980] 1 ER (Ch)  496,  [1980] 1 All ER 1121.

The plaintiff owned a collection of Japanese netsuke that was stolen from him in England and subsequently taken to Italy. There they were sold to the second defendant, Marchese Paolo Da Pozzo, who was unaware of the theft. He sent the objects back to Christie's in England to be sold at auction. The plaintiff learned of the sale, sought an 

injunction and brought a suit for  conversion or damages. This case is important because . . . .

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