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Re: Michael Adams Sues over Proposed Auction of Ansel Prints
Originally Posted by Merg Ross
If Michael has a case, it will depend on the wording of that donation agreement. I have gifted work, not mine, to museums over the years; in every case, it has been stipulated that once the prints are donated, they become the property of the museum, and can be sold at their discretion. In other words, a gift is a gift, perhaps in this case with strings attached.
So, I can only asume that this was a differently worded agreement between Ansel and the Fresno Museum from those with which I am familiar.
Edit: For clarification, the above noted stipulation was that of the museum, not my wish. So far, all of my donated photographs remain with the museums, available for viewing, as was my intention.
Merg any idea of how your donation would have been received if you conditioned that it can only be donated to another museum or returned to family and never sold? I guess there should be a difference between donating art and donating an asset and the stipulation should be clear at the start.
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