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Bakalar v. Vavra

Bakalar v. Vavra & Fischer, 550 F.Supp.2d 548 (S.D.N.Y. 2008); vacated and remanded, 619 F.3d 136 (2d Cir. 2010); on remand, 819 F. Supp. 2d 293 (S.D.N.Y. 2011), aff’d, No. 11-4042 (2d Cir. N.Y. Oct. 11, 2012), reh'g denied, No. 11-4042 (2d Cir. N.Y. Dec. 28, 2012).


Alleging that Seated Woman with Bent Left Leg (Torso), a 1917 drawing by Egon Schiele, was expropriated through a Nazi-controlled Austrian shipping company, Milos Vavra and Leon Fischer, the heirs of the pre-World War II owner, Fritz Grünbaum, asserted an ownership claim to the work after it appeared at auction in 2005. The auction house’s consignor, David Bakalar, filed . . . .

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