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Lawyer Says Disputed Van Gogh Worth Up to $150 Million

NEW HAVEN, CT.- A Van Gogh painting at the center of a dispute between Yale University and a man who believes the artwork was stolen from his family during the Russian Revolution is worth $120 million to $150 million, the man’s attorney told The Associated Press on Friday. The evaluation is the first public estimate of the painting’s value, and the lawyer, Allan Gerson, said it comes from a top auction firm. Gerson represents Pierre Konowaloff, the purported great-grandson of industrialist and aristocrat Ivan Morozov, who bought “The Night Cafe” in 1908. Russia nationalized Morozov’s property during the Communist revolution, and the Soviet government later sold the painting. The artwork, which shows the inside of a nearly empty cafe with a few customers seated