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Around sixty paintings by artists including Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso have been found at the Salzburg home of German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt, who was discovered in 2012 to be hoarding hundreds of paintings in his Munich flat thought to be looted by the Nazis.
An initial screening suggests that none of the paintings kept in his home in Salzburg are stolen or looted. The lawyer in charge of supervising Gurtlitt and the paintings, Christoph Edel, has had the artworks moved safely to an undisclosed location.
Mr Gurlitt, who is in his eighties, inherited his collections from his art dealer father Hildebrand, who had worked in the Nazi-era collecting what they perceived to be 'degenerate art'. He kept many of the pieces himself until he died in 1956 when his son ended up with the collection, which was then kept secret until just two years ago.
Over 1,400 pieces of art were found in Cornelius Gurtlitt's flat in Munich by Bavarian tax authorities by chance in March 2012. They were found to have an estimated value of 1 billion Euros.
Around 600 of these artworks are thought to have originally come from Jewish owners and Gurlitt is now in contact with some families to negotiate restitution, according to his representatives.
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