April 19, 2012 |
U.S. officials this week turned over a nearly 500-year-old Italian painting that had been stolen during World War II to the descendants of its Jewish owner. The painting, titled "Christ Carrying the Cross Dragged By A Rascal," was created by Italian artist Girolamo Romani around 1538. The painting was confiscated by U.S. officials in 2011 while it was on loan to the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee, Fla. The work of art had resided at the Pinacoteca di Brera museum in Milan, Italy.
July 16, 2010 |
If you're rich, 2010 is a great year to die. This is the year that Congress has allowed the estate tax to lapse, allowing heirs to receive their windfalls without Uncle Sam taking a cut for the first time in nearly 100 years. A reminder came this week with the passing of billionaire New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. The baseball titan's heirs are likely to escape about $500 million in taxes, experts estimate, a fortune that has spotlighted Bush-era tax policies and the long debate over whether government spending or tax cutting is best for a shaky economy.
December 11, 2008 |
Princeton University will pay nearly $100 million but maintain control of a much-larger endowment that supports its school of public affairs, under a settlement between the school and disgruntled heirs of a major donor. The 6-year-old case pitted heirs of Charles and Marie Robertson, who held the A&P grocery fortune, against the university. In dispute was a 1961 gift of $35 million, which grew to $900 million, to support Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
July 29, 2010 |
The heirs of the Budapest-based Jewish banker Mor Lipot Herzog have filed a lawsuit in U.S. courts against Hungary and its leading national museums, seeking the return of what they have identified as more than 40 works of art looted from Herzog's collection during the Holocaust. The lawsuit values the artworks, including well-known paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, El Greco, Francisco de Zurbaran and Gustave Courbet, at more than $100 million. "This is one of the largest — if not the largest — restitution claims ever filed in U.S. courts by a single family against another nation," says Michael S. Shuster, the New York attorney representing the family.
September 25, 2007 |
The German city of Hanover returned a painting by Lovis Corinth to the heirs of a Jewish collector who sold it in 1933 to fund his escape from the Nazis, the mayor's office said. The painting, "Romische Campagna" ("Roman Landscape"), dating from 1914, was handed Monday to Curt Glaser's heirs, represented by his niece, who lives in the U.S., and her daughter, according to Hanover's website. The painting is valued by insurers at $620,000, the Hanover statement said.
October 11, 2009
Ironic and typical that a story about unsung artist Jack Kirby ["A Credit to His Name," Sept. 27] would be accompanied by a photo of Stan Lee, his more-famous co-creator of many of the most recognized Marvel comic book characters that are now worth billions to Disney. While Lee is, in my opinion, the Mastermind of the entire Marvel Universe, Jack Kirby, his most prolific artist, was essential to the success of the company by conceiving and designing characters, devising multi-issue story lines, creating the visual style followed by other staff artists and pushing the creative boundaries of the entire medium.