For the time being it appears the New York Metropolitan Museum’s collection of oceanic art is safe.
Items donated to the Museum by former New York Governor Nelson D. Rockefeller, on behalf of his long-lost son Michael C. Rockefeller, were once again in dispute.
A grand jury, appointed to navigate the layers and counterlayers of this bizarre, complex and expanding legal conundrum, a protracted battle spanning three years and as many grand juries, the latest of which adjourned after issuing a sealed presentment, subsequently leaked to the press.
“This case questions so many international standards of individual rights and ownership, it will be years before we understand the implications of today’s decision.”
“The validity of AK’s claim should no longer be in dispute. . . He is the son of Michael C. Rockefeller,” a spokesman for AK Rockefeller, identifying himself only as [redacted], said, “This [is] one day we will remember!”
AK Rockefeller claims to be son of long-lost philanthropist and art collector Michael C. Rockefeller, whose disappearance, after a boating accident in Papua New Guinea in 1961, was a worldwide event.
AK expressed satisfaction with the contents of the jury’s presentment, though those results will not be made public, by court order, for another sixty years.
“We are inching toward legitimacy.” — “We will use the results of today’s jury to appeal to the international community.”
Lawyers representing The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection offered no comment.