In this Feb. 28, 2014 photo provided by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, a stage curtain painted by Pablo Picasso hangs on a wall at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York. (AP Photo/New York Landmarks Conservancy, Rick Bruner)
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NEW YORK: New York's storied Four Seasons restaurant has for decades harbored one of the city's more unusual artworks: the largest Pablo Picasso painting in the United States.The building's owner says Picasso's "Le Tricorne," a 19-by-20-foot (5.8-by-6.1-meter) painted stage curtain, has to be moved from the restaurant to make way for repairs to the wall behind it."This case is not about Picasso," RFR lawyer Andrew Kratenstein said in court papers. Rather, he wrote, it is about whether an art owner can insist that a private landlord hang a work indefinitely, the building's needs be damned. Breen said it was appraised in 2008 at $1.6 million, far short of the record-setting $106.5 million sale of a 1932 Picasso painting at a 2010 auction.The Landmarks Conservancy honored Rosen in 2002 for restoring another important 1950s office building, Lever House, yet now publicly claims the major art collector dismissed the Picasso curtain as a "schmatte," a Yiddish word for "rag".
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