Cornelius Gurlitt who hid 1,400 art works for decades was a tragic figure, cousin says
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Nov. 8 - Cornelius Gurlitt, in whose Munich apartment German customs seized 1,400 art works, never wanted to profit from the artwork, his cousin says. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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The German man who hid 1,400 prints and paintings by Picasso and other artists for decades was not out to make money with the trove, according to his cousin Ekkehart Gurlitt.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PHOTOGRAPHER, EKKEHART GURLITT, SAYING:
"If he wanted to make money, if he intended to make money out of these things he could have sold it in these 60 years. He could have sold at least the Picassos to museums or to rich people. But he was not interested in making money. He wanted to make money to make his own living, so sometimes he sold some pictures, but only to make his own living, nothing more."
Speaking in Barcelona, he described his cousins as a "lonesome cowboy -- a lonely soul and a tragic figure.
Previously unknown paintings by Henri Matisse and Otto Dix are among a vast trove of Nazi-looted art found in a Munich apartment.
Officials say customs investigators seized the art work last year.
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