CA Self-Storage Tenant Claims Wrongful Sale on Unit Containing Warhol Prints, Sues Company for $250K

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A woman claims the contents of her self-storage units at California facility, including four Andy Warhol prints, were wrongfully sold. Now she’s suing the self-storage operator in court.

Annemerie Donoghue, an art collector who lives in New York, said in court this week that she had prepaid two months of rent and allowed Extra Space Management of North Hollywood, Calif., to deduct rent automatically from her credit card. She said she prepaid on Nov. 20, 2010, and signed an autopay document. Donoghue also said the document was signed by the self-storage manager.

Donoghue rented three units in North Hollywood from Extra Space Management for $312 per month. Among the items stored in the units were four Warhol prints titled, “Details of Renaissance Paintings (Sandro Botticelli).”

Donoghue said the storage company claims she fell behind on her payments, then auctioned her unit. She’s seeking more than $250,000 in damages for breach of contract and conversion.

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