Legal woes- photographers being sued for $30,000 by art collector after dropping artifactThe Art Dossier on May 3, 2012 with 0 Comments
Louis Blouin Media and photographers from Art + Auction magazine, which is published by Louis Blouin, are being sued by art collector Corice Amran after accidentally knocking over a 2,630-year-old Nigerian Nok statue. The terracotta statue was described as the oldest known figurative sculpture south of the Sahara, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Needless to say, this was not a good day for the photographers. The accident happened in May 2011 when the photographers decided to pick up the piece and move it across the room.
Legal documents submitted to the New York Supreme Court state,
During the photographers’ move of the Nok figure, the Nok figure fell onto the floor and was smashed into a myriad of pieces, cannot be restored and is a total loss. Defendant, through the photographers, acted negligently and without the due care necessary with respect to the Nok figure, particularly in light of its rarity, value and fragility. As the result of defendant’s negligence, the 2,630-year-old Nok figure owned by plaintiff was destroyed.
Amran seeks $300,000 in compensatory damages for negligence. To read more about the incident click here. (via PetaPixel)