Art hoard found in Germany includes unknown Chagall, Matisse

  • Article by: DAVID McHUGH , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 6, 2013 - 10:05 AM

AUGSBURG, Germany — It started with a routine check by German tax inspectors — and resulted in the discovery of an art hoard so vast and spectacular that no one yet knows how the story truly ends.

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annemthomNov. 5, 13 5:08 PM

Legally valid perhaps, but morally wrong. I hope they do the right thing and return the art to the rightful owner.

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orpheus90Nov. 5, 13 6:37 PM

The sad thing about this is the prospect this newly found trove invites a huge money grab, with countless claims of historical proprietorship from across the globe to be sorted through and evaluated - not to mention all the lawyers that come with it. I can understand why the German state decided to keep quiet about this since the discovery a few years back. Given a great deal of this art work has never been seen or cataloged, there's much to be assessed by all manner of historians, specialists, art curators and the like. One hopes they can properly finish their work free of outside pressure before the sharks descend. And certainly the trove itself needs to be put on exhibit in its entirety so the world has a chance to see to what art the Nazis privately hoarded while publicly disavowing much of it as "degenerate."

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orpheus90Nov. 5, 13 6:46 PM

annemthom writes: I hope they do the right thing and return the art to the rightful owner ... Ideal, yes, but not as easily said as done. Much of this is going to take years to resolve while working through numerous conflicting claims of historical ownership. Wars have a funny way of blowing big holes in questions of provenance.

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nogophersNov. 5, 13 8:57 PM

The WSJ stated the estimated value at over $1.5 billion.

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turgidNov. 5, 13 9:48 PM

So THAT'S where my Matisse went!

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