Yale Sues to Keep a Van Gogh

March 25, 2009

Yale University has filed a suit in federal court seeking affirmation that the university is the legitimate owner of "The Night Cafe," a Van Gogh masterpiece, the Associated Press reported. Yale acted amid public claims by Pierre Konowaloff of France, who says he is the great-grandson of the Russian industrialist who owned the painting before the Soviets nationalized his property after they gained control. The Soviets subsequently sold the painting and several sales later it was donated to Yale.

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