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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 

Act of State Doctrine and  laches doctrine. . . .

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