De La Torre v. Sotheby's
De La Torre v. Sotheby's, No. 010910-03, (N.Y. Sup. Ct. June 23, 2004).
Manuel de la Torre purchased a painting, “La Hamaca” in Cuba in the 1950s, but was forced to flee to America and leave his belongings with a relative. He believed that the painting was taken by some of Castro’s officers during a raid on his sister-in-law’s home. In 2001, de la Torre saw the painting listed in a Sotheby’s catalogue, and made a claim that he was the rightful owner. Sotheby’s refused to return the painting and argued that de la Torre’s claim is barred under the