Metropolitan Museum of Art sued for Picasso piece sold under duress due to Nazis

On September 30th, Lauren Zuckerman, the great-grandniece of a Jewish businessman Paul Leffman, filed suit against the Met Museum, alleging that Picasso’s The Actor was sold under duress by Lettman when he fled Nazi Germany. Leffman and his wife sold the painting for $13,200 to allow them to flee to Switzerland. Today the painting is worth an estimated $100 million dollars.

The NY Times article covers more information about the suit: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/01/arts/design/metropolitan-museum-of-art-picasso-the-actor-lawsuit.html?_r=0

 

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