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High Court Lets Artists’ $6.75M 5Pointz Graffiti Win Stand

Oct. 5, 2020, 1:57 PM

A $6.75 million award to artists will stand after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge brought by the New York City developer who destroyed their graffiti adorning the 5Pointz warehouses.

G&M Realty argued to the high court that the protection of art of “recognized stature” in the Visual Artists Rights Act is unconstitutionally vague. The Queens property owner whitewashed a collage of graffiti that had become a “mecca” for artists as a court considered the works’ fate in 2013.

The high court on Monday denied the developer’s petition to hear the case.

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