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Thome v. Alexander & Louisa Calder Foundation

Thome v. Alexander & Louisa Calder Found., No. 600823/07 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2008); aff'd 70 A.D.3d 88 (N.Y. App. Div. 2009).

This case addresses whether or not an artist’s “official” authenticators have a duty to examine all works submitted to them. Joel Thome requested that the Alexander & Louisa Calder Foundation authenticate two stage sets purportedly designed by the artist Alexander Calder. After the Foundation failed to respond for a full decade, Thome sued, demanding that the works be authenticated. . . .

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