District court in Manhattan dismissed the suit, which the Complainants demanded that the new York Metropolitan Museum returned a painting by Pablo Picasso «the Actor» heirs of its rightful owner – Jewish businessman Paul Leffman, who was forced to sell this masterpiece for a symbolic price, and to flee from Nazi Germany.
About it writes on Thursday, February 8, the British newspaper The Guardian.
Judge Loretta Preska explained that Laurel Zuckerman, the grandniece of Leffman failed to prove that her late grandfather was forced to sell the painting. Zuckerman also suggested a compromise solution and were prepared to accept compensation in the amount of $ 100 million.
Recall that the painting «the Actor» was written in the period from 1904 to 1905 and refers to the so-called «pink» period of the great artist.
Zuckerman told reporters that Lippman and his wife Alice fled from Germany to Italy in 1937 and the following year sold the «Actor» of the Italian dealers for $ 12,000, which paid for the moving in of fascist Italy, ruled by Hitler’s ally Benito Mussolini, in neutral Switzerland.
The Metropolitan Museum acquired this painting in 1952, and did not recognize Leffman the legal owner of this masterpiece until 2011, says the statement of claim.
The judge Preska claims that the deal for the sale of paintings was made between private persons, among whom there were no representatives of the Nazi regime and military leadership, and hence the contract is the result of «good will» of the owner of the canvas.