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For Immediate Release
Contact: Melinda M. Bascone
Director of Marketing
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

March 31, 2004



– Ronald D. Spencer, Editor of First-of-its-Kind Book Addressing Substance and
Legalities of Art Authentication, Available to Shed Insight on Issues

WHAT: Art experts, dealers, scholars, and collectors continue to grapple with issues on how to authenticate visual arts. How do you know the work is real? Who is responsible if it’s not?

Collectors are increasingly faced with the devastating effects of purchasing inauthentic works and are looking for help recover their losses.

A new, first-of-its-kind book – The Expert Versus the Object: Judging Fakes and False Attributions in the Visual Arts – compiles expert essays to educate the art community on the practical and legal issues involved in art authentication. The book, published by Oxford University Press, will be available in book stores nationally in April 2004.

WHO: Book Editor Ronald D. Spencer, counsel to 150-year-old Wall Street law firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, is available to discuss the critical issues involved in authenticating visual art, including:

· Latest methods of determining authenticity

· Legal complications surrounding art authentication and attribution

· Potential legal liabilities in the art selling/buying process

Mr. Spencer focuses art law and foundation law and is one of the nation’s leading authorities on art authentication law. He advises numerous art foundations, art authentication boards and committees as well as artists and their estates, art collectors and galleries and art scholars.

DETAILS: To schedule a phone discussion with Mr. Spencer, please contact:

Contact: Maria D. Velazquez
Marketing Director
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

Advanced copies of the book are also available upon request. Published reviews are welcome.

Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP (, established in 1854, has approximately 90 attorneys and has been headquartered on Wall Street since its founding. Carter Ledyard's general practice includes corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, broker-dealer, on-shore and off-shore hedge and other alternative investment funds, private equity, litigation, intellectual property, environmental, employment, media and technology, immigration, investment regulation, antitrust, art law, trusts and estates, maritime, ERISA, tax-exempt organizations, real estate, tax and bankruptcy. A significant part of the firm's practice involves representing overseas-based clients and their U.S. affiliates, financial institutions and other financial services providers, governmental entities and media and technology clients.

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