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Toledo Museum of Art v. Ullin

Toledo Museum of Art v. Ullin, No. 3:06 CV 7031 (N.D. Ohio 2006).



In an ownership dispute between the Toledo Museum of Art and the heirs of Martha Nathan over Gauguin’s Street Scene in Tahiti, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio ruled that the heirs’ claim was barred by a four-year statute of limitations on claims for conversion of personal property. Nathan sold the painting to a dealer in 1938, and the Toledo Museum purchased it in 1939. Nathan’s heirs first contacted the museum in 2004, and did not file a claim until 2006.


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