On 6 November, the Mail Online reported allegations that Sotheby’s helped an art collector dodge millions of dollars in New York sales taxes, according to a lawsuit laid from the state attorney general, accusing the prominent auction house of accepting bogus documentation to spare a top client a tax bill.  The case involves $27 million worth of purchases of pieces by such artists as painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and sculptor Anish Kapoor, and it portrays Sotheby’s as so eager to keep a top client’s business.  The collector’s art holding company was BVI-based Porsal Equities Ltd, which settled with the attorney general’s office in 2018 and agreed to pay $10.75 million in taxes, damages and penalties

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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