Over $1.35 billion in Nazi art found hidden behind ‘mountains of rotting food’

Over 1,500 paintings previously thought destroyed in World War II have been found in Germany after officials followed up on a hunch. Three years ago, customs officials performed a routine check on a train from Switzerland. On the train was Hildebrandt Gurlitt, a Munich resident who reportedly had a “shifty demeanor.” They could never have imagined that the reason for Gurlitt’s demeanor was an unimaginable “treasure trove” of important artworks.

Gurlitt “was a man who didn’t exist,” one official told Focus, the German publication that broke the story. He was not registered with the police, tax authorities, or social services — mandatory in Germany — and also held neither a pension nor health insurance. Continuing the investigation, in 2011 officials searched Gurlitt’s home, reportedly a squalid budget apartment in the Munich suburbs. Behind “mountains of rotting food and decades-old tin cans” lay a collection of artworks thought to be worth over $1.35 billion, including paintings by Picasso, Matisse, and Renoir.


Source: The Verge

Author: Daily Tech Whip

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