German Jew's heirs sue for stolen Renoir

06 Sep 2011 7:41 AM | Anonymous

German Jew's heirs sue for stolen Renoir

Published: Sunday, Sep. 4, 2011 - 1:00 am

In 1956, steel magnate Newton Korhumel and his wife, Irene, bought a florid country landscape by French impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir at a New York gallery. The painting hung proudly in their home in Lake Forest, Ill.

Now, there's a question as to whether the couple ever really owned the painting.

Irene Korhumel died in December, nine years after her husband. The executor of their estate turned to Christie's auction house in Chicago to sell the painting, created by an artist whose work routinely fetches millions of dollars.

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