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Fastov v. Christie's

Fastov v. Christie’s Int’l PLC, No. 97-cv-00578 (D.D.C. Feb. 22, 2006). See also: Fastov v. Christie’s Int’l PLC, 547 F. Supp. 2d 39 (D.D.C. 2007) (awarding Christie’s expenses and attorneys’ fees), aff’d, No. 08-07062 (D.C. Cir. Apr. 20, 2009), cert. denied, 130 S. Ct. 806 (2009).

This federal case addresses the liability, if any, of an auction house that declined to sell a work of art after an expert refused to render an opinion as to 

authenticity based solely on photographs of the work.  After Christie’s, London, refused to sell the painting, the painting’s owner sued the auction house. The court granted  summary judgment in favor

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