More Drama At The Riopelle Estate

“A Montreal auctioneer reached an out-of-court settlement yesterday with the estate of legendary Quebec painter Jean-Paul Riopelle after the auctioneer had sued to recover costs associated with an aborted sale of the late artist’s work. Iégor de Saint-Hippolyte had been hired last fall by Huguette Vachon, Riopelle’s widow and primary executor of his estate, to host a sale of about 50 works by the artist who died in 2002. The sale, scheduled for mid-November last year, was opposed by two of Riopelle’s daughters who obtained an injunction against it. Total presale value of the paintings and sculpture was estimated at $13-million.”