David Nahmad changes tacks and decides to make his case for the disputed Modigliani—which this NY Times story reveals is back in his possession—in public:
Mr. Nahmad, 69, has long loathed publicity, but he has changed his strategy. He hired a public relations firm and last week set up shop at a suite in the five-star Plaza Athénée hotel here where he met individually with several reporters. […]
Mr. Nahmad said he feels his position has been strengthened by an obscure 1947 French court document located by his researcher in the Paris archives amid the files of the claim submitted by Mr. Stettiner. The document had been legally sealed until 2022, but Mr. Nahmad successfully applied for an exemption to examine it. […] But Mr. Palmer, who has seen the document, said he is not persuaded. […] With that impasse, Mr. Nahmad said he is poised to fight on in the courts.
In the meantime, he is weighing invitations to exhibit his painting. He said he thinks the best option is to loan it to a museum in Israel. For now, he said, he has too many doubts to relinquish the painting.
Owner of a Modigliani Portrait Is Adamant the Work Isn’t Nazi Loot (The New York Times)