Collector Says LA Museum Sold Murakami|Prints Without Proper Authentication

LOS ANGELES (CN) – Louis Vuitton North America offered 500 Takashi Murakami limited-edition prints for sale at $8,000 apiece at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Arts, without proper certificates of authenticity, a class action claims in Superior Court.

     Named plaintiff Clint Arthur claims the prints were sold at the museum, known as “the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA,” from Oct. 29, 2007 through Feb. 11, 2008. He apparently does not challenge the authenticity of the prints, but the completeness and accuracy of the certificates of authenticity, including that they were not “numbered by the artist.”
     Arthur says he bought two prints, for $6,000 each. He claims the total value of the prints offered was $4 million – 500 times $8,000 – without explaining how he got the prints at a discount. His lead attorney is Daniel Engel of Reseda.

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