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Is sales tax legislation becoming the ‘bane of the art market’? Christie’s recent $16.7m settlement to avoid prosecution in the US for sales tax evasion demonstrates once again that it’s an increasingly common issue for both American and international art businesses. We turned to the experts from international art law specialists Withers for insight. It’s another taxing lesson in Sales Tax – Christie’s’ recent $16.7 million settlement to avoid prosecution for sales tax evasion has...


The art market is facing new challenges daily as it adjusts to the realities of navigating the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. We asked experts from multinational legal advisors Withers, Diana Wierbicki, Partner and Global Head of Art Law, and Amanda Rottermund, Art Law Associate, for their insight. Q: With auctions and art fairs being cancelled, postponed and rescheduled (or turning completely virtual), how can consignors and consignees adapt to calendar uncertainties? A: Coupled with logistical shutdowns,...

Unique in its broad international coverage of both arts and cultural events, Arts & Collections covers fine art from antiquity to modern times, auction records, a special sale preview by Sotheby’s, as well as market trends that inform collectors of the world’s finest items.

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