No. 724, Docket 90-7160.

933 F.2d 1131 (1991)

Hiram H. HOELZER, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. The CITY OF STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Decided May 28, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Stephen A. Wise, Wise & Layton, New Canaan, Conn., for plaintiff-appellant.

James V. Minor, Stamford Law Dept., Stamford, Conn. (Mary E. Sommer, Corp. Counsel, Deborah M. Steeves, of counsel), for defendant-appellee.

Before IRVING R. KAUFMAN, NEWMAN and KEARSE, Circuit Judges.

IRVING R. KAUFMAN, Circuit Judge:

The value of art, reflected in staggering prices paid at auction for works by masters such as Van Gogh, has skyrocketed in recent years. Collectors from all over the world have shown a willingness to pay exorbitant sums for the privilege of privately exhibiting paintings, many of which the artists could not sell during their lives. With this increase in value has come the inevitable increase in theft and illegitimate trade. It is...

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