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Compensation Conundrum Irreplaceable Artworks

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I have a small conundrum. My wife and I sent some limited edition vintage (1970s) prints to be framed in our former city of residence, on the recommendation of a mutual friend of the framer and who has had many things framed to a very high quality by them. We had seen and were impressed by their work.

The thing is, we just found out this morning that this person has thrown out 2 of the 7 prints with the cardboard packaging that I had carefully secured them in. There were 2 separate wrappings of prints sandwiched between several heavy-duty cardboard layers, and presumably she simply pulled two layers apart and removed one wrapping, without checking that this only contained 5 of the 7 and ignoring the other layers of the wrapping. It was fairly obvious if she had taken the time to check that there were two layers containing prints. The packaging was then promptly binned. She accepts responsibility but has implied that I should share the blame for not having told her that I wrapped them that way (which was for an obvious practical reason, ensuring maximum protection for the prints).

The thing is that these were quite valuable, and are more-or-less irreplaceable, unless we were to tour the auction houses of Ireland (artist was Irish) and London for several years and be prepared to fork out several hundred pounds for each one if and when they were to appear, or others like them by the same artist.

She has mentioned to us that she will make amends by doing some some of the framing work for free, but since she's a friend of a friend, we don't really feel comfortable asking her to compensate for the full cost of replacing them (which would be very difficult to do anyway). On the other hand, these were my wife's favourite bits of artwork (and we don't have a huge amount), and she is very upset to have lost them.

We have asked her to enquire with her insurance company, but I do not know how likely it is that she will be able to claim for them, nor how the insurance company would value them? There are online auction sites that show both estimate and sold prices for equivalent prints by this artist, so would this be sufficient to provide a value?

Ideally, we would like to pay full quote for the framing work, and then get back any money for the lost art through the insurer, but how likely is this?

If it were you, how much would you ask her to compensate for their loss? Full market value, a percentage?

Would be great to hear any thoughts! :)

Question I would ask is, did you clearly state that you were sending 7 prints ?

Was the package marked externally with 7 prints, or did the shipping documents mention 7 prints ?

Did you mention 7 prints in any written communication ?

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Question I would ask is, did you clearly state that you were sending 7 prints ?

Was the package marked externally with 7 prints, or did the shipping documents mention 7 prints ?

Did you mention 7 prints in any written communication ?

Thanks - I've replied in Off-topic, didn't mean to post this in the main forum, oops! :)

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