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Sotheby's Was Sued For Stopped Auction of Ancient Chinese Wine Vessel Now SDNY Trial

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 6 – Sotheby's agreed to auction of the Zhou Zha Hu, described as an important ritual bronze wine vessel from the 10th Century BC.

  But citing a cloud on title it refused to conduct the auction or, the subsequent legal complaint says, to return the vessel.

On June 6, 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Valerie E. Caproni began an in-person bench trial in the case. Inner City Press went and covered it.  

 Photos of the vessel were shown, and the two phoenixes on it. It was a dowry gif, then its owners became poor, it was said, and wanted to sell it.

The June 6 witness bought it, then arranged to try to auction it. Sales were in cash, up to $600,000.

The case is Su v. Sotheby's Inc., 17-cv-4577 (Caproni) 


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