A Legal Defeat For Anne Frank House

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THE NEW YORK TIMES – A district court in the Netherlands has ordered the Anne Frank House, an Amsterdam museum on the Prinsengracht where the Frank family hid during WWII, to return thousands of archival documents to the Anne Frank Fonds, the universal heir of Mr. Frank, Anne’s late father, which was created to manage Anne’s legacy and the copyright to her diary. The House expected the Frank archives to be a permanent loan and unsuccessfully contested the Fonds’ ownership to several items. To continue reading, click here.

ARIS Commentary: The lengthy, bitter litigation between the Anne Frank House and the Anne Frank Fonds highlights a common art market title challenge of distinguishing loans from gifts as well as the importance of documenting loans to avoid disputes years later, which often occur between parties not involved in the initial transaction who lack direct knowledge about the original parties’ intent.