An attempt to see a Pablo Picasso painting hanging at the Metropolitan Museum of Art returned to the estate of a Jewish couple forced to flee Nazi Germany was stymied Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska of the Southern District of New York granted the Met’s motion to dismiss the amended complaint, filed in January by Swiss resident Laurel Zuckerman, that sought replevin of Picasso’s “The Artist” painting and conversion damages of $100 million. Zuckerman is the heir to the estate of Alice Leffmann, who, along with her husband Paul, was forced to sell all possessions in order to flee anti-Semitic persecution first by the Nazis and then by the Italian fascists.
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