Making Sure Your Art Is Yours

For collectors, buying title insurance can offer peace of mind or a full settlement if it turns out their artwork has a murky past
Art lovers view Monet's 'Waterlilies' displayed on May 9, 2008 at Christie's in New York. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

On May 8 the champagne was flowing at the Manhattan galleries of Bonham's auction house in anticipation of the upcoming spring sales. The mood was confident, as both buyers and sellers anticipated a successful season. While many of the guests were members of long standing in the close-knit art world, there were also some newcomers, and it's not quite clear how welcome some of them will be.

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