After nearly a decade, there is an end to the saga of who gets to keep a Pablo Picasso
masterpiece currently hanging at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York. Despite the fact that the previous owners of Picasso’s six-foot-tall painting The Actor
(1904–05) insisted they sold it under duress during the run-up to World War II, Chief U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann supported previous rulings and said that the work should stay at the Met, where it has been in the collection since 1952.
According to the ruling, the 2010 claim of ownership came too long after the initial sale in 1938, when The Actor was sold by Alice and Paul Leffmann to an art dealer in Paris for $12,000 as the German Jewish couple fled the spread of Nazism. The claim was brought by Laurel Zuckerman, the great-grandniece of Paul and Alice Leffmann (who died in 1956 and 1966, respectively).
As Katzmann wrote in the ruling: