According to an article on Law360.com, The S.C. Johnson Corporation is suing Sotheby's, accusing the auction house of illegally preparing to sell two pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture at their December 18, 2013 auction and refusing to return the pieces to Johnson, the owner. More after the jump...
As stated in the article: "The desk was purportedly acquired by Elerslie E. Luther around 1950 and then passed along sometime in 1990 to an unknown person. But “a diligent search of S.C. Johnson's records revealed no evidence of any relationship between S.C. Johnson and Elerslie Luther,” the complaint said.
The company made inquiries with Elerslie's grandson, Jeff Luther, who apparently sold the desk in 2006, but wasn't able to come up with documents supporting that Elerslie had a relationship with S.C. Johnson. Likewise, Sotheby's claims that Samuel C. Johnson gave the armchair to a private collector in 1972, after which it was sold to an unknown buyer in 2002, but the 1972 gift is “inconsistent with S.C. Johnson's records,” the complaint said."
It's not the first time the Racine, WI-based corporation has sued over the attempt to have pieces of furniture designed for their Administration Building auctioned off. Bottom line...don't mess with SC Johnson! Read another article without sign-up requirement here.
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