Large sums. Jeff Koons was fined for plagiarism, the seller of "work of Parmigianino" was fined for fake

The famous American artist Jeff Koons and the Pompidou Center will pay a fine for the production and demonstration of plagiarism. A collector who sold through Sotheby's a fake "under Parmigianino" will return a tidy sum to the auction house.A French court ruled that Jeff Koons copied the idea of ​​an advertising campaign for the French fashion brand Naf Naf. Advertising creator Frank Davidovich filed a lawsuit for plagiarism of the 1985 Fait d'Hiver (Made in Winter) photo. It depicts a girl with arms outstretched, lying on the snow, and a rescue pig standing above her with a barrel of rum around her neck. The sculpture of the American artist is exactly the copy of the picture - down to the hair of the model and the expression of her face. True, Koons added a pig wreath and put a penguin next to it.Photo from the advertising campaign of the French fashion brand Naf Naf 1985 The campaign Naf Naf wore the same name - Fait d'Hiver. The American made four copies of his work, one of which was sold for 4.7 million dollars at Christie's auction in New York.
Davidovich sued Koons after the sculpture was exhibited at the Pompidou Museum in Paris in 2014. The court ruled that the artist and the institution should pay the claimant a total of 135 thousand euros in compensation. In addition, Jeff Koons LLC incurred a penalty of € 11,000 for reproducing a pig on the artist’s website, and Flammarion was fined € 2,000 for selling a book containing a work. The total amount of fines is equivalent to $ 168,000.Jeff Koons Sculpture "Made in Winter" before selling at Christie's in 2007. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFPThe court did not decide to remove the sculpture, as demanded by Frank Davidovich.

The painting "Saint Jerome", issued for the work of Parmigianino and recognized as a fake. Source: Sotheby's
A court in New York ruled that the collector, who sold through Sotheby's a fake picture of "Saint Jerome", must return $ 1.2 million to the auction house. Accused Lionel de Saint-Don-Purière set the canvas as a work of the master of Mannerism Francesco Parmigianino in January 2012. The next four years, the work did not arouse suspicion until the French authorities seized the exhibits at the exhibition of the collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein at the Comon Center for the Arts in Aix. Prior to this fake was shown in the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Art History in Vienna as the original.

The verdict of the court was rendered after an independent expert - ironically, hired by the defendant - stated that "Saint Jerome" was written in the twentieth century. This is the last legal turn in the scandal with fakes under the old masters that has not ended yet, which focuses on the French collector Giuliano Ruffini. The Archthivist: read us in Telegram and look on Instagram
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