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.


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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