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Case Summary

Goodman (and Gutmann) v. Searle

Goodman (and Gutmann) v. Searle, No. 96-cv-5310, slip op. (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 24, 1996) (transferring case from New York to Illinois); No. 96-C-6459, slip op. (N.D. Ill. 1998) (denying summ. judg.).

This highly publicized ownership dispute over a monotype pastel entitled Landscape with Smokestacks by Edgar Degas, which had belonged to Friedrich and Louise Gutmann, art collectors in the Netherlands, prior to World War II, was settled in 1998 in a Solomon-like manner on the eve of trial by effectively splitting the ownership in half. Daniel Searle, the current owner who claimed to be a

good faith purchaser, donated . . . .

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