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Di Giuseppe Heirs' Claim Against Art Institute of Chicago for Mochi Bust

The heirs of a Jewish art collector claimed ownership of Francesco Mochi’s “Bust of a Youth” (c. 1630s), which the Art Institute of Chicago had purchased in good faith from a London dealer in 1989. The sculpture was among a number of works from the collection of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe, an Italian Jewish businessman and collector who lived in France, that had been auctioned off by the French government in 1941. In the 1990s, di Giuseppe’s heirs challenged . . . .

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