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Hahn v. Duveen

Hahn v. Duveen, 234 N.Y.S. 185 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1929).

In 1920, Andrée Hahn sued international art dealer Joseph Duveen for $500,000, after Duveen stated in a newspaper that Hahn’s painting, La Belle Ferronnière, was not a work by Leonardo Da Vinci. Before commenting, Duveen had not seen the work. Hahn’s subsequent suit for slander of title resulted in a nine-year legal and public relations battle culminating in a four-week trial, which resulted in a hung jury. After the trial, Duveen’s motion to dismiss the case based on insufficient evidence was . . . .

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