Elizabeth Taylor


This 23 May, 2002 file photo shows US actress Elizabeth Taylor... News PhotoActor,Actress,Adult,Adults Only,Alpes-Maritimes,Arrival,Arts Culture and Entertainment,Cannes,Charity Benefit,Close-up,Elizabeth Taylor,File,Film Festival,Film Industry,France,Headshot,International Cannes Film Festival,Mougins,Movie,One Person,One Woman Only,Party - Social Event,People,Showing,Sotheby's,USA,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2004 AFPCANNES, FRANCE: (FILES) This 23 May, 2002 file photo shows US actress Elizabeth Taylor arriving at a benefit party in Mougins, near Cannes, France. The heirs of a victim of Germany's Nazi rule 13 October, 2004 sued screen icon Taylor for ownership of a Van Gogh painting they claim rightfully belongs to them. The South African and Canadian descendants of of Margarete Mauthner, a Jewish woman who fled Germany in the late 1930s say the actress should have known when she bought the painting for 257,600 USD in 1963 that it had been stolen by the Nazis. The suit was filed in Los Angeles after the 72-year-old movie legend filed court papers in May seeking a declaration that she is the rightful owner of 'View of the Asylum and Chapel at Saint-Remy' , the 1889 painting by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. Double Oscar-winner Taylor, 72 bought the painting at a Sotheby's auction in London in 1963 and keeps it at her Los Angeles home. Mauthner fled Berlin to South Africa in 1939 after having lost most of their property, including the painting, as a result of 'Nazi economic and political coercion' and that the family was therefore entitled to reclaim it under the 1998 US Holocaust Victims Redress Act. AFP PHOTO/FILES/ OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI (Photo credit should read OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images)