08/16/2012 10:22 am ET Updated Oct 16, 2012

Heir Demands Signac Painting Be Saved From Spitballs

A legal battle over a key painting by the Neo-Impressionist artist Paul Signac (1863-1935), which has been housed at the town hall of the Parisian suburb Montreuil since the 1930s, is due to go to court 18 September in France.

Signac's great-granddaughter, Charlotte Liebert Hellman, filed a lawsuit demanding that the work be transferred immediately to the Musée d'Orsay in Paris after the piece, which hangs in a staircase, was vandalised in December.

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