Monday, February 25, 2013

A Greek heiress is fighting a legal battle in Switzerland to find out what has become of a collection of Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Cezanne and Degas art that she says should be part of her inheritance.

 


A Greek heiress is fighting a legal battle in Switzerland to find out what has become of a collection of Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Cezanne and Degas art that she says should be part of her inheritance.

 Aspasia Zaimis’s uncle, Basil Goulandris, was a billionaire shipping magnate who spent the winter months in the Alpine resort of Gstaad with his wife Elise. The Greek couple amassed a billion-dollar collection that they displayed in their chalet.

 Enlarge image 'Still Life: Coffee Pot'
 'Still Life: Coffee Pot' 'Still Life: Coffee Pot' Wikipaintings via Bloomberg
 "Still Life: Coffee Pot" by Vincent Van Gogh. It is among the paintings that belonged to Basil and Elise Goulandris and was exhibited in 1999 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Andros.

 "Still Life: Coffee Pot" by Vincent Van Gogh. It is among the paintings that belonged to Basil and Elise Goulandris and was exhibited in 1999 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Andros. Source: Wikipaintings via Bloomberg
 Enlarge image Basil and Elise Goulandris
 Basil and Elise Goulandris Basil and Elise Goulandris Aspasia Zaimis via Bloomberg
 Basil Goulandris, a Greek shipping billionaire, and his wife Elise Goulandris, who with her husband built up an art collection including works by Van Gogh and Monet. One of Elise Goulandris's nieces is trying to track down the collection, saying that she believes she should have inherited a part of it.

 Basil Goulandris, a Greek shipping billionaire, and his wife Elise Goulandris, who with her husband built up an art collection including works by Van Gogh and Monet. One of Elise Goulandris's nieces is trying to track down the collection, saying that she believes she should have inherited a part of it. Source: Aspasia Zaimis via Bloomberg
 Enlarge image Elise Goulandris Chalet
 Elise Goulandris Chalet Elise Goulandris Chalet Aspasia Zaimis via Bloomberg
 The chalet belonging to Elise Goulandris, where she hung the paintings until her death in 2000. A Swiss court is examining the claim of her niece for a share of the inheritance... more at http://goo.gl/rTi2A