In many cases, the value of a work of authorship can skyrocket if the work is attributed to a famous artist. For example, a painting was sold at Christie’s auction house in London in 2013 for $5,212, and the same painting was later resold in January 2015 at Sotheby’s auction house in New York for $5.2 million. Sotheby’s attributed credit for the work to a famous 19th century painter (John Constable), whereas Christie’s believed the painting was created by a follower of Constable. Sources: UPI.com If you have any questions regarding the content of this communication, please contact Jonathan R. Wachs: firstname.lastname@example.org | 301.575.0302. If you would like to subscribe to receive Friday Factoids® in your inbox click here.