Watertown's Armenian Museum Will Keep 4 of Kevorkian's Paintings, Give Up the Rest

The Armenian Library and Museum of America reached a settlement in the legal dispute with the family of the late-assisted suicide activist.

Four of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's paintings will remain at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown after a deal was reached in the legal dispute with the family of the late-assisted suicide advocate.

The museum had 17 of Kevorkian's pieces, which had received from Kevorkian in 1999, before he served a prison sentence for assisting in a suicide, according to an article in The Detroit News. Kevorkian died in July 2011 at the age of 83.

On Thursday, attorney Mayer Morganroth - the executor of Kevorkian's estate - told The Detroit News that the Armenian Library and Museum of America will keep four paintings and 13 paintings will be returned to Kevorkian's estate for the benefit of his heir, a niece who lives in Troy, Mich. The case was being heard in Boston Federal Court by U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf.

Kevorkian said before his death that he wanted the artwork to go to his niece, Morganroth told the Detroit News.

The estate tried to sell the paintings as part of an auction of Kevorkian's personal belongings and received bids of $100,000, but the sales were not completed because of the uncertainty over the ownership of the artwork.

Morganroth said he expects the painting to eventually be offered for sale at art galleries, according to the Detroit News.

To see the entire story from The Detroit News, click here: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121005/METRO/210050370#ixzz28QUNjeaN


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