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Zuckerman v. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Citation:307 F. Supp. 3d 304.
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The Leffmanns were German Jews residing in Germany in the early 1930s. During Hitler’s reign, the Leffmanns were forced to sell many of their assets including their home and business. However, the Leffmanns sent their Picasso painting, “The Actor,” to a non-Jewish acquaintance in Switzerland to save it from Nazi confiscation. In 1937, the Leffmanns fled to Italy. Beginning in 1936, the Leffmanns started taking offers to sell the painting to fund their escape from Nazi Germany and, eventually, Fascist Italy. In June 1938, the Leffmanns sold the painting to Paris art dealer, Kate Perls, who was acting on behalf of Hugo Perls and Paul Rosenberg, for $12,000 ($13,200 minus a ten percent commission). In 1939, the painting was lent to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Rosenberg requested the MoMA insure the painting for $18,000. In October 1940, the painting was consigned for sale and sold to Thelma Chrysler Foy for $22,500. Foy ultimately donated the painting to the Museum in 1952 where it remained.
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