YOU BE THE JUDGE WRITING PROBLEM Sara Kearns went to an auction at Christie’s to bid on a tapestry..

 YOU BE THE JUDGE WRITING PROBLEM Sara Kearns went to an
auction at Christie’s to bid on a tapestry for her employer, Nardin Fine Arts
Gallery. The good news is that she purchased a Dufy tapestry for $77,000. The
bad news is that it was not the one her employer had told her to buy. In the
excitement of the auction, she forgot her instructions. Nardin refused to pay,
and Christie’s filed suit. Is Nardin liable for the unauthorized act of its
agent? Argument for Christie’s: Kearns executed a bidder form as agent for
Nardin. This is a common practice for many purchasers. Christie’s cannot
possibly ascertain in each case the exact nature of the bidder’s authority.
Whether or not Kearns had actual authority, she certainly had apparent
authority, and Nardin is liable. Argument for Nardin: Kearns was not authorized
to purchase the Dufy tapestry, and therefore Christie’s must recover from her,
not Nardin.