Published On: Wed, May 20th, 2015

Guggenheim descendants in French court battle over art treasures

Peggy Guggenheim’s relatives have challenged the management of her collection housed in a Venetian palazzo and will launch a court appeal on Tuesday

Peggy Guggenheim
She was one of the most celebrated collectors of contemporary masters, whose art was displayed in a magnificent 18th-century palace on Venice’s Grand Canal. But since the death 36 years ago of heiress Peggy Guggenheim, her family have been engaged in a bitter legal battle over how her priceless legacy – including works by Picasso, Miró, Matisse, Magritte, Cocteau, Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock – is managed.

On Tuesday, one of Guggenheim’s grandsons will launch a court appeal to have the Italian collection restored to its original state, claiming it has been “diluted” by art from other sources.

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Sandro Rumney, who was born in Venice but lives in France, his half brother Nicolas Hélion and their five children, also want “protection” in the palace garden around a plaque marking Peggy’s ashes – a “grave” they believe has been desecrated…  [READ MORE]

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