Lauren Gallery Threats From Georgia!
Lauren Auction Gallery Threatens Law Suit Over Opinion Articles and You Tube
As many of you know during the course of the year we do posts and You-Tube video's regarding upcoming auctions and post auction results.
We cover I think with our thoughts and opinions fairly auctions at Christie's, Bonhams, and Sotheby's. On occasion we also focus on smaller auction firms who get nice things. Once in a while we also post opinion pieces on what we view as questionable sales. These sales are of offerings we feel are reproductions or copies not being honestly represented by the auctioneer.
As many of you know Lauren Gallery in Roswell Georgia this year had been the subject of a few of these posts and video's. We did so after hearing from a number of people alarmed over the claims being made by the gallery.
Today we received and email with a PDF file attached titled "Demand to Cease and Desist" from a law firm in Marietta Georgia. (see attached document, right)
Consequently, I thought I'd share what their law firm sent along for everyone's perusal.
Our response to Lauren Gallery's Attorney
Most attorney's I've known, including within my own family are fairly sane and sensible people. Running around filing frivolous lawsuits which are unwinnable isn't something they are prone to do. Though I do understand they at times will send out letters like the one we received today. They consider them a "Hail Mary" to achieve a certain result. In this case, they'd like us to remove the posts and video's featuring their client.
In response, I let them know I became aware of Lauren Gallery through quite a number of our subscribers. All of whom said flat out the porcelains being sold are obvious copies. Many of them are types that would be worth literally into high six figures and millions of dollars each if authentic and as described. The examples sold by Lauren Gallery sold across the board for pennies on the dollar, despite getting plenty of exposure in China and around the world. This we did cover in the autopsy of the sale.
If you missed it, here it is..
Chinese Porcelain Auction Results of Reproductions or Fakes? At Lauren Gallery in Roswell Georgia, with comparisons to authentic examples sold at Sotheby's a...
So I made a reasonable offer in reply.
We will be happy to remove the items from the internet if your client can provide examples of misstatements by us regarding the auction items sold by the firm. If they can do that, we’ll be happy to do as you’ve requested.
We endeavor to be fair in reviewing the offerings of all auction houses for our thousands of subscribers. So kindly let us know of any errors in our reporting and we’ll handle it promptly. It’s no problem.
I also suggested the attorney contact several well know auction company department heads and major gallery owners for their opinions of Lauren Gallery's offerings before going any further.
After all the TRUTH is the ultimate defense, and so are published "Opinion" pieces. My offer to them was genuine, I await their reply.