Tag: Christie´s

Can A Jewish Man Imprisoned In Dachau Concentration Camp Transfer Valid Legal Title To A Schiele Painting?

Egon Schiele’s Seated Woman With Bent Left Leg (1917)

On October 31, the family of Fritz Grunbaum gathered at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial To The Holocaust to thank former District Attorney Robert Morgenthau for his efforts to recover Egon Schiele’s Dead City III, an artwork he seized on behalf of Grunbaum’s family at the MoMA in 1998.

Mr. Morgenthau, referring to the above drawing, read the following from a concurrence written by Judge Edward Korman when he sat by designation on  a case called Bakalar v. Vavra at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals:

Grunbaum was arrested while attempting to flee from the Nazis. After his arrest, he never again had physical possession of any of his artwork, including the Drawing. The power of attorney, which he was forced to execute while in the Dachau concentration camp, divested him of his legal control over the Drawing. Such an involuntary divestiture of possession and legal control rendered any subsequent transfer void.
Bakalar v. Vavra, 619 F.3d 136, 148 (2d. Cir. 2010)(concurrence)

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Presseaussendung Fritz Grünbaum: Die arisierte Sammlung

NewYork/ Wien (OTS) – Am 5.11.2014 kommt bei Christie’s in New York das Gemälde von Egon Schiele Stadt am blauen Fluss (Krumau) mit einem Schätzwert zwischen $ 800.000-$ 1,2 Millionen zur Versteigerung. Grundlage der Versteigerung war eine einvernehmliche Teilung des erzielten Auktionspreises zwischen den aktuellen Besitzern und den Erben des im Konzentrationslager in Dachau während der Nazizeit ermordeten Fritz Grünbaum.

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Press release: Nazi art looting restitution settlement agreement leads to Christie´s auction of a rare artwork

New York, NY (MMD Newswire) October 16, 2014 – Christie’s auction house today announced the upcoming November 5 evening Impressionist and Modern auction of Town on the Blue River (1910) an extremely rare watercolor landscape by the Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890-1918). The auction is the result of the successful resolution of a restitution settlement agreement with the estate of Fritz Grünbaum, a Viennese Jewish cabaret performer in (1880-1941) who died in the Dachau Concentration Camp.

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