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Travis v. Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc.

Travis v. Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., Index No. 4290/79, slip op. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Nov. 11, 1982).

In 1979, Stuart Travis, who had purchased a painting from auction house Plaza Art Galleries in 1977 as a work by the 18th-century English master painter Sir Joshua Reynolds, sued the auction house Sotheby Parke Bernet (“Sotheby’s”) after it, at Travis’ request, rendered an appraisal that concluded that the work was not by Reynolds, but rather by a Reynolds contemporary, Tilly Kettle. Travis claimed that . . . .

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