Frances Lasker Brody Estate Sale
Represented the estate of art collector Frances Lasker Brody in the historic sale of its collection at Christie's. The auction was highlighted by the $106.5 sale of Pablo Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, a then record price for a work of art at auction.
Disputed Ownership of $106 Million Pablo Picasso Sculpture
Represent Leon D. Black, co-founder of Apollo Global Management, in an international dispute over the ownership of Pablo Picasso’s "Bust of a Woman” plaster sculpture.
Neue Galerie – Acquisition of Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I”
Represented Neue Galerie New York in its historic acquisition of Gustav Klimt's painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, also known as The Woman in Gold. At the time it was reported to be the most valuable painting ever sold.
Private Collector – Stolen Art Recovery
Representation of a private collector in recovering a collection stolen from an art storage facility and dispersed throughout the United States, and beyond, including Japan. We worked with the FBI Art Crime Task Force and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, helping to recover the majority of the collection. The thieves were caught, prosecuted and jailed.
Marei von Saher – Restitution of Nazi-Looted Art
Representation of Marei von Saher in her efforts to recover hundreds of Nazi-looted artworks from the collection of her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art collector and dealer, Jacques Goudstikker.
Marei von Saher – Goudstikker Collection – Dutch Restitution
Representation of Marei von Saher in her successful efforts to recover 200 artworks looted from her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art dealer, Jacques Goudstikker, during the Second World War. The works had been held by the Dutch Government for over 50 years.
Heirs of Kazimir Malevich – Amsterdam Settlement
Representation of the heirs of the world-renowned Russian artist Kazimir Malevich in their litigation against the City of Amsterdam to reclaim artworks created by their ancestor. This litigation was successfully settled in April 2008 when the City of Amsterdam returned five Malevich paintings to the heirs.
Heirs of Kazimir Malevich – Various Restitutions
Representation of the heirs of Kazimir Malevich, the noted early Twentieth Century avant-garde artist, in connection with the recovery of his works from the Museum of Modern Art and the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University.
Estate of Lea Bondi Jaray – “Portrait of Wally” Restitution
After over ten years of litigation, our client, the Estate of Lea Bondi Jaray, achieved a very favorable settlement in the case of United States v. Portrait of Wally, which has been credited with being one of the first to focus the world's attention on the problem of Nazi-looted art. Egon Schiele's Portrait of Wally was stolen in the late 1930's from Lea Bondi Jaray, a Jewish art dealer and collector, by a Nazi agent. The settlement compensates the heirs for the true value of the painting—$19 million—and provides for permanent signage acknowledging the painting's true provenance to be placed next to the painting after it is returned to the Leopold Museum in Vienna. The painting will be exhibited at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York for three weeks, beginning with a ceremony on July 29, 2010 commemorating the legacy of Lea Bondi Jaray.
Republic of Turkey – Lydian Hoard Restitution
Representation of the Republic of Turkey in recovering the fabled "Lydian Hoard" of ancient silver artifacts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Republic of Turkey – Elmali Hoard Restitution
Representation of the Republic of Turkey in recovering the "Elmali Hoard" of extremely rare ancient silver coins from a major collector.
Republic of Turkey – Medieval Religious Artifact Repatriation
Representation of the Republic of Turkey in its recovery of an intricately carved walnut panel from the Sultan's prayer gallery of the Great Mosque in Divrigi, Turkey, built in the 13th Century. We worked with the United States Government, which had sued a London art dealer, to secure the return of this priceless stolen antiquity. We also worked with Scotland Yard to achieve the return of four other panels from the Great Mosque, a medieval monument on UNESCO's World Heritage List of cultural sites recognize to be of "outstanding value."
British Artist – Digital Copyright Infringement
Representation of a major British contemporary artist in shutting down websites hosted from within the US, including through issuance of DMCA "take down" notices, that display unauthorized copyrighted images and offer to make unauthorized reproductions of his works.
TEFAF – Form Agreements
Represented The European Fine Arts Foundation (TEFAF) in the creation of form agreements, application materials and terms and conditions used in TEFAF's New York Fall 2016 Art Fair.
Loan Agreement and Purchase of Artwork
Represented a U.S. collector on a significant loan of art to
a major U.S. museum as well as the purchase and sale of various works of art.
Litigation Claim for Property Damage
Represent collectors in a claim against an auction house for
property damaged while under the auction house’s custody and control.
Authenticity of Artwork
Provided advice and counsel with regard to the disputed authenticity of an artwork purchased at auction.
Consignment of Artworks Worth More than $40 Million
Represented a U.S. collector in a consignment of over $40 million worth of artworks to major auction houses during the 2015 auction season.
Art Fraud Litigation Against Dealer
Represent client in an art fraud litigation in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York involving Mayfair dealer Timothy Sammons.
Grand Jury Investigation for Multi-National Art Gallery
Counsel a multi-national art gallery in a grand jury investigation in the United States and in other related matters.
William Doyle Galleries – Auctions
Representation of William Doyle Galleries in legal matters related to high profile auctions.
Republic of Guatemala – Mayan Artifact Repatriation
Representation of the Republic of Guatemala in the recovery and repatriation of a portion of a 1,000-year-old Mayan monument that had been pillaged from an archaeological site.
Representation of Private Art Collector
Represent a private art collector in one of the largest transfers of Mesoamerican art to a museum, including the transfer and assumption of ongoing operations of the foundation dedicated to the study and advancement of Mesoamerican art.
Wytfliet Atlas – National Library of Sweden
The Royal Library of Sweden, with the assistance of the United States Government and Herrick, Feinstein, LLP, has recovered a 415-year-old atlas which had been stolen along with dozens of other rare volumes ten years ago. Created by Cornelius van Wytfliet and known as the "Wytfliet Atlas," the book had been part of the Royal Library collection for over 300 years prior to its theft. The successful return of the atlas is the result of an ongoing investigation and recovery effort launched by the Royal Library in cooperation with U.S. officials and with the assistance of Herrick, Feinstein in hopes of locating all of the stolen books.
Dismissal of Claims – International Council of Museums
Representation of the International Council of Museums in successfully obtaining the dismissal of claims brought in the US District Court (Southern District of NY), by a Canadian art verification expert for allegedly defamatory content re-posted on the Council's online public blog site that was operated out of France.
Art Law – Recovery of Stolen, Rare Books
We are helping our client, the National Library of Sweden, recover rare books stolen by a former employee and sold at auction. We have successfully helped our client recover a number of stolen books, and our work has been noted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News. We are working with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Soho Arts Inc. – Art Investment Company
Formation of Soho Arts Partners, a series LLC, its managing member and its investment manager, in connection with several art acquisitions and investments.
Syndicated Credit Facility
Represented a U.S. bank, as administrative agent and lender, in a $300 million secured syndicated revolving credit facility to a high-net-worth individual and an offshore trust. The credit facility is secured by museum quality, fine artworks and is guaranteed by a trust and a BVI entity. Proceeds of the credit facility are to be used to finance investments.
Internationally Recognized Art Gallery – Internal Investigation
Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of an internationally recognized art gallery concerning the authenticity of certain paintings bought and sold by the gallery.
Geneva Art Loan
Represented the Geneva division of a major U.S. bank in a $100 million secured revolving credit facility. The loans are secured by a first lien on a portfolio of artworks owned by a Cayman Islands trust.
Specialty Finance Company – Art Lending
Represented a startup specialty lending company to make loans against artwork as collateral, including producing form documentation and discussions concerning credit policy and procedures.
Commercial Bank – Art Loan
Represented a major U.S. bank in a multimillion-dollar loan to a high net-worth individual, secured by the borrower's art collection.
Commission for Art Recovery – Baron Herzog Collection
Representation of the Commission for Art Recovery in recovering 10 paintings from the Hungarian government that were stolen from the heirs of Baron Herzog, a Hungarian aristocrat, during the Nazi regime. At Herrick's request, Senator Hillary Clinton wrote to the Hungarian Foreign Minister in support of our efforts. Senator Clinton issued a press release regarding her letter and also posted it on her website. To date, Herrick has also garnered support from Senator Lautenberg, Senator Kennedy and Congresswoman Nita Lowey.
Art and Antiquities Dealer – Conversion Action
Representation of a London-based art and antiquities dealer in a conversion action seeking the return of a rare and valuable stone table consigned to and auctioned by an auction house in New York.
Marei von Saher – Recovery of Nazi-Looted Painting (Edgar Degas)
Representation of Marei von Saher in connection with her recovery of a drawing by Edgar Degas ("Four Nude Female Dancers Resting") from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, that was looted from the collection of her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art collector, Jacques Goudstikker.
Marei von Saher – Recovery of Nazi-Looted Painting (Jacopo Bassano)
Representation of Marei von Saher in connection with her recovery of a painting by the Studio of Jacopo Bassano ("The Annunciation to the Shepherds"), that was looted from the collection of her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art collector, Jacques Goudstikker.
Marei von Saher – Recovery of Nazi-Looted Painting (Anthony van Dyck)
Representation of Marei von Saher in connection with her recovery of a painting by Anthony van Dyck ("Maria Magdalena"), that was looted from the collection of her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art collector, Jacques Goudstikker.
Heirs of George Grosz – Recovery of Nazi-Looted Painting (George Grosz)
Representation of the heirs of the renowned German painter, George Grosz, in connection with their recovery of his 1929 painting entitled "Zeitideen" ("Ideas of Time").
Egyptian Government – U.S. v. Schultz
Counseled the Egyptian government in connection with the successful U.S. prosecution of a defendant accused of conspiring to smuggle Egyptian antiquities.
Marei von Saher – Recovery of Nazi-Looted Painting (J.W. de Cock)
Representation of Marei von Saher in connection with her recovery of a painting by the Dutch pre-Renaissance painter J.W. de Cock ("The Temptation of St. Anthony"), that was looted from the collection of her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art collector, Jacques Goudstikker. This was the first painting from the Goudstikker collection to be restituted to the family.
Henry Newman – Settlement with Metropolitan Museum of Art (Claude Monet)
Representation of a collector in the settlement of a dispute over a painting by Claude Monet in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art claimed to have been stolen from a bank vault during the Soviet occupation of Berlin in 1945.
Malevich Heirs – Sale of “Suprematist Composition”
Representation of the heirs of Kazimir Malevich in connection with the auction sale of a Malevich work recovered from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The sale was noted as one of the top ten art sales of the year 2000.
Arts Foundation – Joint Venture
Represented The European Fine Arts Foundation (TEFAF) in the creation of a joint venture entity with Spring Show NYC LLC. The joint venture will own and operate a Fall and Spring art fair to be held annually at the Park Avenue Armory. TEFAF currently owns and operates the premier art fair in Europe (TEFAF Maastricht) and will be rebranded under the TEFAF brand through a license arrangement we also negotiated. This is a significant matter in the art fair/collector world as TEFAF is the gold standard among art fairs and plans to hold numerous large-scale events in New York in the future.