Sotheby's has made a consistent play behind the scenes over the last year since the acquisition of Art Agency, Partners to present itself as an advocate of transparency in the art market. Today's announcement of the acquisition of Orion Analytical, the company is pushing hard on his role in the Knoedler forgeries and the firm's recent use of Orion to determine that Frans Hals painting it sold privately was, in fact, a modern forgery:
Today, Sotheby’s announced that Martin will join the company and establish a Scientific Research Department, with on-site facilities in its flagship New York and London locations. […]
Now that ownership of Orion has passed to Sotheby’s and he has joined the staff, Martin is travelling to the New York and London offices to scout out locations for the equipment he will need to examine objects that Sotheby’s specialists bring to his attention. We caught up with him briefly to pose a few questions about his fascinating career and the value he will bring to Sotheby’s clients.
Sotheby's Q&A with Orion's Jamie Martin doesn't give much away. But from the quote above we can assume a few things.
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