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Germany: a painting belonging to Hitler sold at auction

The work was purchased for 58.500 euros by a foreign collector

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A painting belonging to Adolf Hitler, “The Sermon on the Mount” by the Baroque painter Frans Francken the Younger (1581-1642), was sold yesterday by the Neumeister auction house in Munich for 58.500 euros. As the newspaper “Handelsblatt” reports, the buyer is “a foreign collector”. Traces of the work were lost in 1945, when it was stolen with 600 other paintings from the Casa Bruna, the headquarters of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP), in Munich.
The painting by the Flemish artist reappeared in 2009 in an episode of the television program "Kunst und Krempel", being recognized by the researcher Stephan Klingen as the object of the looting of works of art committed during Nazism against public and private collections, especially those of Jews. In the case of “The Sermon on the Mount”, the painting was acquired in 1943 in France under German occupation by the art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, who sold it to Hitler for the Führer Museum in Linz. Investigations into possible Jewish owners of the painting led to nothing, just as no party injured by Gurlitt was traced.

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