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Joel Silver Sues Gagosian Gallery Over Undelivered Jeff Koons Sculpture


Movie producer Joel Silver, who’s worked on the likes of The Matrix, Predator, Lethal Weapon and Die Hard, has sued the Gagosian gallery over a Jeff Koons sculpture that he never received. The lawsuit, filed on April 27, alleges that Silver originally began making payments for the sculpture in 2014 and was given a delivery date of June 2017. But when the delivery date was repeatedly pushed back, the producer became concerned.

The most recently delivery date push was to August 2020, at which point Silver asked that the purchase be canceled and the $3.2 million USD he paid be refunded. The gallery refused to refund the money, saying that if he cancelled the order, Gagosian would keep the money. Hyperallergic reports that this is the latest case against the Gagosian, with MoMA trustee Steven Tananbaum also filing a suit against the gallery and Jeff Koons for failing to deliver 3 sculptures after he’d already paid over $13 million USD.

Silver is seeking that his purchase agreement be voided, the $3.2 million USD be returned and that he’s awarded $6.6 million USD for the gallery’s violaton of the New York Arts and Cultural Affairs law. The suit says that “The Gagosian Gallery willfully failed to provide information required by [NYACAL] to Plaintiff Silver, and knowingly provided false information.”

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