The Fine Art Registry reports that Park West Gallery, by far the largest art auction house working on board cruise ships, has stopped selling Salvador Dali prints.
Questions about art auctions at sea have grown over the past several years, as The New York Times reported last year. The Fine Art Registry, a Web site that registers and tracks artwork, has raised some of those questions itself and collected complaints from customers, particularly about Park West and particularly about its Dali prints.
The registry’s site has posted many articles and complaints about Park West, along with a video featuring experts who questions the authenticity of Dali prints sold by the company.
Park West has sued the Fine Art Registry, claiming that it’s waging a campaign of defamation because Park West declined to pay to register its art with the site. The company also accused the registry of instigating a lawsuit by several customers against Park West.
UPDATE: The Detroit News reports this statement from Robin Danek, Park West’s director of marketing communications:
“Park West has temporarily suspended restocking of some Salvador Dali works at our cruise auctions. The decision was based on current market conditions. Like any company that sells products, Park West regularly makes inventory decisions based on sales data, market conditions and other business factors.”