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August 17, 1984 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-08-17

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New York sues Sotheby's
in sale of Hebrew books

served last week, Abrams providing the attorney gen-
charged the London-based eral's office with false
international art house statements.
Sotheby's chairman is
with holding the June 26
auction, which raised $1.45 Detroit real estate de-
million, knowing that the veloper A. Alfred Taubman.
seller could not prove his
The books in question are
ownership of the books. Ab-
rams has also charged the 59 rare Hebrew books and
seller with fraud, and is manuscripts which be-
seeking to keep him from longed to a Berlin rabbini-
collecting profits from the cal seminary which had
been closed by the Nazis.
sale.
Sotheby's is charged in
The books were presumed
the suit with misleading destroyed until last April
prospective buyers, Jewish when Sotheby's announced
groups and individuals who the sale by an anonymous
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recent sale of rare Hebrew
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