Monday, October 06, 2008

Friede Family Feud

In today's New York Times, the "indispensable" Kate Taylor reports on a series of lawsuits surrounding a 4,000-piece collection of tribal art from New Guinea that is "generally regarded as the best of its kind in private hands." The collection had been promised by John Friede to the de Young Museum in San Francisco, but "litigation in three states, with [Friede's] two brothers, the museum and Sotheby’s auction house all laying claim to the art," has put the gift in doubt.

Lee Rosenbaum recalls a previous Friede fracas here.