It’s a contentious battle that artists in the US have fought unsuccesfully for many years; to receive a portion of future sales of art work. Some argue it is not all that different from songwriters and playrights receiving royalties when their work is performed. The bill is ART-American Royalties Too — that would mandate 5 percent of every auction sale go to the artists or their descendants, with a cap of $700,000. It’s not a perfect bill and doesn’t have a high probability of passage, but it is worth consideration and discussion. The link from the NPR broadcast includes a 1973 debate between artist Robert Rauschenberg and collector Robert Scull is full of emotion and succinctly stated views of both sides of the argument.
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