Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Friede Fight Finally Finished

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that "a deal has been signed ending [the Friede family] inheritance dispute." It sounds like the same "tentative" deal that was announced in December. And it's as confusing as ever. The Chronicle says:

"The bottom line for the public is that 29 pieces that had been among the 398 on display at the city-owned de Young museum after being donated by New York philanthropists John and Marcia Friede have been removed for sale."

But a couple paragraphs later, we read:

"Under legal settlements the city attorney's office recently released to The Chronicle, the de Young gets clear title to 274 of 398 pieces at the museum."

So 29 have been removed for sale. And 274 stay with the museum. What happened to the other 95?