The descendants of famous heiress and art collector Peggy Guggenheim on Tuesday went head to head in a French appeals court over her sumptuous collection of works housed in an 18th century palace on Venice’s Grand Canal. At the tender age of 13, Peggy Guggenheim inherited unimaginable wealth when her metal magnate father Benjamin went down on the Titanic, money she used to collect and display contemporary art. After amassing a collection including works from — among others — Cocteau, Picasso, Miro, Matisse and Salvador Dali — she bought the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Venice Grand Canal and began to display the priceless pieces. As she neared her death in 1979, she handed over the palace and the collection of 326 works to the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation based in New York and run at the time by her cousin Hardy

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