Sunday, October 31, 2010

Beaverbrook Gallery Wins!

Turner: Fountain of Indolence 1834

So the battle endeth at last! The Beaverbrook lot of descendents have returned home to England, after a 6 year legal fight to seize the paintings in the Beaverbrook Gallery and take them home with them. Not that they haven't been doing it anyway.
The family has had a sorry reptutation of conviently "borrowing pictures" and then forgetting to return them to the gallery.

It all came to a head with a 6 year legal fight over ownership. The descendents claimed that the works were "loaned" to the gallery. The gallery said, "no way", they were a legally bequeathed to the gallery as trustees by Lord Beaverbrook.

Please click here to see the previous story in this saga.

I suspect that it was a win-loss situation for the gallery. |The gallery got back what they were legally entitled to, and Lady Maxwell Aitken and family flew back to England, leaving behind them the Beaverbrook Gallery, to pay for the legal costs.

You can't win for losing it seems.

The story can be found by clicking here to be taken to The Art Newspaper.

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