Monday, August 25

You can't take it with you.


A wealthy art collector, William M.V. Kingslanddied, in 2006; with no heirs, and no will his estate was given to the city of New York. The city hired Christies auction house to appraise and sell the estate. However, while researching provenance it was discovered that many of the works were stolen in the 1960s and 1970s. Needless to say, the FBI was called, sales were halted and now the entire collection is being researched to see what was legitimately purchased and what is stolen goods. Did Mr.Kingslanddied steal the art? Did he purchase it from people who had, knowing that it was stolen? All will be revealed in time I suppose. In the mean time the FBI has posted the entire collection online in hopes that someone will recognize some of the works, and they can be returned to the proper owners. Craziness, but check them out, maybe you're missing something?

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