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Looted Nazi Art Dealer Dies, Heartens Rightful Owners

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May 06, 2014 AT 10:29 AM
The death Tuesday of the man who possessed hundreds of works of art looted by the Nazis has given hope to the descendants of the original owners of the masterpieces that German authorities will finally reveal how the treasures wound up where they did. In November German magazine Focus revealed that German authorities had found 1,280 works by artists including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall in the Munich apartment of reclusive German collector Cornelius Gurlitt. The authorities had found the works more than a year earlier while investigating Gurlitt for import tax evasion. Some of the pieces were previously unknown works.