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Killala Fine Art, Ltd. v. Weissman

Killala Fine Art, Ltd. v. Weissman, No. 11-cv-0702 (S.D.N.Y., filed Feb. 1, 2011).

This lawsuit concerned a decision by the Dedalus Foundation, a non-profit organization established by the artist Robert Motherwell, to retract its authentication of a purported Motherwell painting after it had become suspicious that it and other similar works were forgeries. The painting's purchaser, who had obtained the work from a dealer prior to the retraction, then sued the dealer and, in an unusual twist, also sued the Foundation, claiming that it had broken a “promise” to include the painting in the Motherwell

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