The Wildenstein family once again is embroiled in litigation. The New York Times reported on April 19, 2011 that French authorities summoned Guy Wildenstein for questioning in Paris by antifraud investigators. During a search of the Wildenstein Institute in Paris, French police investigators seized a cache of 30 artworks, some of which had been reported stolen or missing by victims of Nazi looting and their heirs.
The raid of Institute stemmed from a lawsuit filed against Wildenstein by his step-mother, Sylvia Roth Wildenstein, who accused him of money laundering and tax evasion. She died last November, but another widow, that of Guy’s brother Alec, also has filed a suit against Guy for breach of trust.
The proliferation of lawsuits against Guy Wildenstein further taints the name of a once respected art dealing family.