Recently, it was reported that artwork stolen by the Nazis that was slated to go up for auction in Austria despite legal (and moral) claims from the rightful owners. Well, today, it has been reported by Artnet that the “owner” of the painting has withdrawn the work from “just hours before the auction was due to begin.” According to the report, Im Kinsky, the auction house hosting the sale, gave a bit of a non-statement on the withdrawal, saying “The decision came today. It is the right of any owner to withdraw his art object for whatever reason also shortly before an auction. He is not obliged to give an argument and we are not in the position to forward any.” The painting had previously been withdrawn from a French auction because of its status as a looted work, but in Austria, as long as an artwork is purchased “in good faith,” then the sale, and ownership of the work is perfectly legal.
The Schloss family, from whom the work was stolen, has stated that they will accept nothing less than the restitution of the painting.
“This was not a legal case that I wanted to win because it would not be a victory for either of the sides or for the interests of the Jewish people,” said the lawyer for the Israeli owner.
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MONTREAL (JTA) — The FBI returned a Nazi-looted painting to officials of the Montreal-based foundation named for the German Jewish art dealer whose gallery once owned it. At a ceremony Wednesday at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage, Jan Franse Verzijl’s “Young Man as Bacchus” was handed over to the Max and Iris Stern Foundation…
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