I just read this stunning article from Maine Antique Digest. The New York auction houses must reveal the name of their consignors to auction buyers! This is a shocking development. One that the big auction houses will certainly fight. Apparently the language requiring that the consignor’s name be provided to the buyer has been in the legal language right along, but the auction houses were not complying. They certainly don’t want to loose the element of secrecy that they have been enjoying. The consignors and auction houses alike have good reasons to keep that information private. Here is the article as it appeared in Maine Antique Digest.
New York Auction Houses Must Reveal Consignor's Name to Buyer, by David Hewett