By NAZANIN LANKARANI
Published June 9, 2009
PARIS — Instructed by a notary executing a will, the auctioneer Jean-Pierre Osenat went in January to an apartment in a modestly prosperous neighborhood of the 15th arrondissement of Paris to draw up an inventory for a sale of the contents to pay inheritance taxes. In the apartment, he found the typical accouterments of a middle-class home: except that “on the walls hung works by classic painters like Pierre Bonnard and Maurice de Vlaminck, beside very traditional furniture,” Mr. Osenat said.
“Estate Yields Works by Postwar Masters”. By Nazanin Lankarani.
New York Times. June 09 2009.