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Tajan v. Pavia & Harcourt

Tajan v. Pavia & Harcourt, 693 N.Y.S.2d 544 (N.Y. App. Div. 1999), appeal denied without opinion, 724 N.E.2d 764 (1999).

An eighteenth-century painting by Bernardo Bellotto was stolen from Enzo Colombo’s villa in Florence in 1981. In 1985, the painting resurfaced at auction in New York, where U.S. Customs seized the work and turned it over to Pavia & Harcourt, a New York law firm representing Colombo’s American estate. In 1997, the painting was transferred to Enzo’s son Davide, who sold the work to Wombaca, a Panamanian corporation. Consigned to the French auction house Etude Tajan, the painting was once again seized . . . .

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