The Independent reports that 32 works from today’s sale of Dennis Hopper’s art collection were held back from the sale:
The actor’s estranged wife, Victoria Duffy Hopper, from whom he began divorce proceedings shortly before his death eight months ago, has succeeded in halting the sale of a significant portion of the actor’s art collection after lodging court papers in California.
The disputed works, which were supposed to be auctioned today at Christie’s in New York, include pieces by the American artists Bruce Conner and Sam Francis and the British portrait painter Jonathan Yeo. Their combined value is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“As a result of a title claim brought by Dennis Hopper’s estranged wife, Christie’s must withdraw 32 items from the sale until such time as the title claim is resolved,” said a spokeswoman for the auction house last night.
The Los Angeles Superior Court has granted Mrs Duffy Hopper an order against the Dennis Hopper Trust to halt the sale of the items from Hopper’s collection, according to court documents.
Hopper’s estranged wife pulls star’s art from sale (The Independent)