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Chalk one up for Spain: after a protracted battle, two courts have awarded royalty payments on Salvador Dalí’s art to the Spanish state, overruling Dalí’s heirs’ claims to the fortune and ending a feud that had raged since Dalí’s death in 1989, according to ArtInfo.Although Dalí had bequeathed the revenue of his works to the Spanish state in his final will, there was a catch.
Dalí’s works were sold in France, where they managed by the French copyright organisation, which has a strict law enforcing droit de suite, the payments granted to artists or their relatives when their work is resold, according to ArtInfo.
This presented a major conflict for the Fundacío Gala-Salvador Dalí, the Spanish organisation that oversees Dalí’s estate and has fought for years to obtain royalties on Dalí’s resold works.
The European Court of Justice, following the ruling of a Parisian district court, declared that despite droit de suite, the law of the artist’s native country should be upheld.
Dalí’s five surviving relatives may have to return the royalties they’ve been paid over the years, but have the right to appeal the decision.
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