1. FINDERS KEEPERS

    Nazi Art Owner: I’m Keeping Them

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A reproduction of a painting by German painter Franz Marc titled 'Landscape with horses' is seen during a press conference in Augsburg, southern Germany, on November 5, 2013, on the discovery of nearly 1,500 paintings including works by Picasso and Matisse looted by the Nazis. The prosecutors spoke to the press a day after German weekly Focus revealed police came upon the paintings during a February 2012 search in an apartment belonging to Cornelius Gurlitt, the octogenarian son of art collector Hildebrand Gurlitt. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE

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    The German art collector found to have many works of art stolen by the Nazis insisted on Sunday that he will not be giving up the paintings—saying they were “acquired legally.” Cornelius Gurlitt’s collection, comprised of 1,400 works, is believed to be worth $1.35 billion, including works by Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Otto Dix, and Max Lieberman—and many of which were believed to be destroyed. Many of the works are believed to have been seized by the Nazis, and Gurlitt’s father was a dealer who sold art that had been confiscated or bought by the Nazis, but it appears that he kept many of the works for himself. “I’m giving up nothing voluntarily,” Gurlitt said.

    Read it at Der Spiegel