Poisoned Gift? Cornelius Gurlitt Leaves Entire Art Hoard To Swiss Museum

The Bern Art Museum’s director says he’s thrilled but mystified by the gift, since Gurlitt, a reclusive Munich resident, had no connection at all to the museum or city. The collection, estimated to be worth roughly $1 billion, includes many works thought to have been looted from Jewish owners during World War II, so sorting out ownership issues will be long and messy.

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