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Hello, this is Jim, a dual-qualified lawyer (UK & Republic of Ireland) and happy to help you today.
Contract law comes in to play here. When they buy, they enter in to a binding contract. When they pay you, they pay consideration under the contract and you then send them the item = contract complete.
If you did not send the contract and returned the money, you can argue the contract is not complete. If they persist with this, you can say the contract was never completed and even if it was, is void due to "mistake", with the item price. I presume they have retained the money you sent to them. I would be inclined to continue to defend any ownership claim from them.
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The Police will certainly NOT get involved in this, as it is quite clearly a civil matter. I know Christies well (my Grandfather was director there back in the 70's).
I recommend you ignore his correspondence. If he does think he has a claim, he can issue a money claim online - you will need to respond to that but the court sends you the response pack to fill out (which is very easy but I'd be happy to help you if you need me to).
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I would just ignore them. Only if they send you a letter before action should you respond to it (to try to avoid court action, which the courts ask the parties to do). Yes, I am sure a lot of people try it on, so to speak.
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No it's fine, you can cite mistake in contract law and you refunded them. I wouldn't give it more thought.
Do you mean if the buyer is refunded, and they still have the item - do they still have legal rights? Is that the query?
Yes, they no longer own the item as they received a full refund. You can either sue for the cost of the item or issue proceedings for a return of goods order (the latter is a more expensive option)
That does, yes. They need to return the item now.
No problem, nothing you have said changes my answer. I do not think they have a "legal" leg to stand on.
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That's very kind, thanks! Happy to have helped - have a nice evening
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They won't speak to him unless he is a customer or has a contract with Christies. It depends who owns the item - as you refunded the money then you are the legal owner so I would not be worried
GDPR applies so they cannot discuss anything about you - Christies will not discuss matters as they are bound by the data protection law (General Data Protection Regulations).
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Yes, I would not contact them and don't lose any sleep over this.