Billions of Dollars in art, in limbo

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Yale University says the ownership of
tens of billions of dollars of art and other goods would be thrown
into doubt if a lawsuit seeking the return of a famous Vincent Van
Gogh painting is successful.

In March, Yale sued in federal court to assert its ownership
rights of "The Night Cafe" and to block a descendant of the
original owner from claiming it. Pierre Konowaloff is the purported
great-grandson of Ivan Morozov, who bought the painting in 1908.

Russia nationalized Morozov's property during the Communist
Revolution. The painting, which the Soviet government later sold,
has been hanging in the Yale University Art Gallery for almost 50

Konowaloff says the court does not have to determine the
lawfulness of the Russian confiscation of the painting.

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