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United States v. The painting known as Hannibal (by Basquiat)

United States v. The painting known as “Hannibal” by the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,et al., No. 08-cv-1511 (S.D.N.Y. filed Feb. 13, 2008), aff’d in part and remanded in part by No. 10-5204 (2d Cir. filed Dec. 28, 2010), on remand at No. 08-cv-1511 (S.D.N.Y), aff’d by No. 10-5204 (2d Cir. Nov. 3, 2014).


In this complicated federal case involving multiple artworks, claimants, and countries, five works were seized by U.S. authorities and returned to Brazil, from which they had been illegally imported into the United States.

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