On 26 June 2019 the United States Court of Appeals upheld a prior decision that New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is the rightful owner of a Pablo Picasso painting The Actor (1904–05) which Laurel Zuckerman, the heir of Paul and Alice Leffmann, alleged had been sold under duress. The Leffmann estate has now filed a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit requesting a panel rehearing and rehearing en banc before the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Ms. Zuckerman’s Petition seeks review by a three-judge panel of its decision to dismiss the estate’s case on the ground that Paul and Alice Leffmann, victims of the Holocaust, on the run from Nazi and Fascist oppression, unreasonably delayed bringing a claim to recover The Actor after World War II ended, and that the Metropolitan Museum, which received The Actor by donation in 1952, was prejudiced by the delay. Ms. Zuckerman also requests that all of the judges of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals review the decision, because it involves exceptional issues concerning federal law and U.S. foreign policy, and is in conflict with a decision of the United States Supreme Court.
To read the Press Release about the Petition, click here. To read the Petition, click here. To read the Court's ruling of 26 June, click here.