It appears that Sonnabend’s heirs sold off works by Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly to pay estate taxes of $331 million to Uncle Sam and $140 million to New York State.
But they couldn’t even consider selling what might have been the most famous piece in her collection — “Canyon” by Robert Rauschenberg— because the collage contains a stuffed bald eagle and selling it would be a criminal offense, punishable by a year in federal pen.
Given that restriction, the Sonnabend estate tax return (and three different appraisers the estate hired) valued the work at $0. The IRS says it is worth $65 million and is demanding an additional $29 million in tax and an $11.7 million “gross valuation misstatement” penalty from the estate.
To read more go to:
Read more at: Tax Times blog