GURLITT'S COUSIN APPEALS IN HUGE ART COLLECTION CASE

Apr 28, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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A cousin of the late German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt is appealing a court rejection of her challenge to Gurlitt’s will – in which he left his vast art trove to a Swiss museum.

The Munich court handling Gurlitt’s inheritance says a judge will decide  whether to revise last month’s decision – considering Uta Werner’s appeal  – or refer the case to a higher court.

The court also says restitution efforts for Nazi-looted art are not affected by the proceedings.

Gurlitt died a year ago – months after German authorities said they had seized more than 1,000 works of art at his Munich apartment.

His will designated Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern as his heir – and before his death Gurlitt reached a deal with the German government, binding on any heirs, to investigate whether some works in the collection were looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis.

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