The son of Benito Mussolini’s finance minister is suing a London art dealer over the sale of two 16th century Dutch portraits by Anthonis Mor from his father’s collection.
Count Giovanni Volpi di Misurata is suing Old and Modern Masters Ltd for breach of a partnership agreement entered into in 2014, which allowed the dealer to sell the works in exchange for €1.5 million (£1.3 million) and a 50% share of the sale proceeds. The claim was filed in the High Court in London last year but the documents were not made publicly available until this week.
In a recent case, Rihanna objected to the UK sales by Topshop of tank tops bearing a photograph of her. English law has never developed to give celebrities rights in their own image so Rihanna’s case was that a significant number of purchasers would believe she had endorsed these t-shirts when she had not. Rihanna won on this basis, of Topshop having “passed off” on her goodwill, in the High Court and, following Topshop’s appeal, again in the Court of Appeal. Continue reading