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SUIT SAYS HAMMER DECEIVED HIS WIFE

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Industrialist Armand Hammer deceived his wife Frances about her rights to property amassed during 33 years of marriage, her sole heir contends in a $700 million damage lawsuit.

Frances Hammer died in December, leaving her estate to her niece, Joan Weiss. Weiss' husband, Robert Weiss, was named executor and brought the suit, which also seeks unspecified punitive damages.Among other things, the suit says Frances Hammer was tricked into signing away her interest in at least half of Hammer's art collection.