Kevorkian's estate, Mass. museum feud over artwork

By the Associated Press | October 22, 2011 | 4:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts-based Armenian Library and Museum of America is refusing to surrender 17 paintings by assisted-suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

The paintings were among 140 of Kevorkian's personal effects set for auction by his estate next week in New York City.

Kevorkian was of Armenian descent. He died in June in suburban Detroit.

The Watertown museum has sued the Kevorkian estate's attorney in Middlesex County Court, arguing Kevorkian and his sister publicly declared he had donated the works to it.

But Birmingham, Mich., attorney Mayer Morganroth on Wednesday said the claims are "absurd" because neither he nor Kevorkian signed any document donating the paintings. He says he's filed a motion to move the lawsuit to federal court.

The museum says it'll keep the Kevorkian paintings until the matter is resolved.