Art, Collections & Cultural Assets

Purchases & Sales

We assist with Purchases by negotiating price and structuring transactions to reduce tax liabilities. We prepare and negotiate purchase agreements with sellers including the negotiation of commissions, guaranties and warranties, and advise on and negotiate insurance coverage. We conduct due diligence to determine valuation, title and authentication.

We assist with Sales, including the negotiation and preparation of private sale agreements, gallery consignments, auction consignments, and trust & estate post death settlements Sale advice and transaction services include structuring transactions to reduce tax liabilities, determining the highest and best market, valuation, and negotiation of commission structures using established relationships with auction houses, galleries and dealers. These include alternatives such as 1031 like kind exchanges.

Recent Services

  • Represented court appointed conservatorship in the negotiation of the auction sale of Edward Weston and Brett Weston photographs at Sotheby's.
  • Prepared and negotiated private sale agreement between owner of historic photographs and private dealer.
  • Represented owner of collection of California plein air oil paintings in the preparation and negotiation of consignment agreement with gallery.
  • Advised and assisted client regarding sale of Asian antiquities and authenticity question due diligence.
  • Advised owner of Chinese screen with inlaid ivory on current alternatives under the new California Penal Code statue preventing sale of any ivory in California.
  • Advised gallery on California Resale Royalty Act compliance.
  • Represented author regarding book publisher license agreement dispute and resolution of royalty rights and obligations between author and agent.
  • Prepared restoration and conservation agreement between conservator and owner of historic piano.