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Detroit Institute of Arts v. Ullin

Detroit Inst. of Arts v. Ullin, No. 06-10333, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28364 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 31, 2007).


The heirs of Martha Nathan asserted a claim over van Gogh’s The Diggers, currently in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Nathan, a former owner of the work, sold it in 1938, shortly before fleeing Nazi Germany. The work was subsequently purchased by Robert Tannahill, who donated it to the Detroit Institute of Arts upon his death in 1969. Nathan’s heirs claim that her sale of the work was forced. . . .

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