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My ex-wife sold an artwork that was a wedding gift from my uncle – I am livid : Dear Richard Madeley

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Published Time: 13.05.2024 - 11:40:32 Modified Time: 13.05.2024 - 11:40:32

I allowed her to keep the print because I thought she loved it – but she sold it off without even consulting me Ron Number Dear RichardMy wife and I split up, not acrimoniously – but not super-amicably either – five years ago

I allowed her to keep the print because I thought she loved it – but she sold it off without even consulting me

: Ron Number

Dear Richard

My wife and I split up, not acrimoniously – but not super-amicably either – five years ago. She stayed in the family home with our son, who I see regularly and with whom I am close; we divided our goods and chattels in a fairly ad hoc, pragmatic way.

I left a Japanese print hanging in the house. It was a wedding present from an uncle of mine; I liked it well enough, but I knew my ex-wife, who had studied in Japan, loved it, so it seemed right that she should have the enjoyment of it, and that it would pass in time to our son. We didn’t discuss it; it just stayed on the wall. However, I have learnt from our son that she has sold it for a five-figure sum, having been told by an art historian friend that it was older (and so more valuable) than we’d been told by my uncle.

Dear Peter

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