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Stolen Nazi paintings found

<p>A combination of two formerly unknown paintings by German artist Otto Dix which were among a chance discovery of 1,500 artworks in a Munich flat owned by Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive elderly son of war-time art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, who was authorized by Hitler&rsquo;s propagandist minister Joseph Goebbels to sell art the Nazis stole. REUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>

A combination of two formerly unknown paintings by German artist Otto Dix which were among a chance discovery of 1,500 artworks in a Munich flat owned by Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive elderly son of war-time art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, who was...more

A combination of two formerly unknown paintings by German artist Otto Dix which were among a chance discovery of 1,500 artworks in a Munich flat owned by Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive elderly son of war-time art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, who was authorized by Hitler’s propagandist minister Joseph Goebbels to sell art the Nazis stole. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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<p>A general view of the apartment building in Munich. The vast collection of modern art branded 'degenerate' and seized by the Nazis, which included works by Picasso, Matisse and Chagall, was discovered in a Munich flat among stacks of rotting groceries.

REUTERS/Michaela Rehle</p>

A general view of the apartment building in Munich. The vast collection of modern art branded 'degenerate' and seized by the Nazis, which included works by Picasso, Matisse and Chagall, was discovered in a Munich flat among stacks of rotting...more

A general view of the apartment building in Munich. The vast collection of modern art branded 'degenerate' and seized by the Nazis, which included works by Picasso, Matisse and Chagall, was discovered in a Munich flat among stacks of rotting groceries. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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<p>A painting of Italian artist Antonio Canaletto. 
REUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>

A painting of Italian artist Antonio Canaletto. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

A painting of Italian artist Antonio Canaletto. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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<p>A painting by German artist Max Liebermann 'Zwei Reiter am Strande' ("Two Horsemen at the Beach"). REUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>

A painting by German artist Max Liebermann 'Zwei Reiter am Strande' ("Two Horsemen at the Beach"). REUTERS/Michael Dalder

A painting by German artist Max Liebermann 'Zwei Reiter am Strande' ("Two Horsemen at the Beach"). REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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<p>A painting by French artist Gustave Courbet 'Village Girl with Goat'. REUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>

A painting by French artist Gustave Courbet 'Village Girl with Goat'. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

A painting by French artist Gustave Courbet 'Village Girl with Goat'. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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<p>A formerly unknown painting of French artist Marc Chagall. REUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>

A formerly unknown painting of French artist Marc Chagall. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

A formerly unknown painting of French artist Marc Chagall. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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<p>A painting of French artist Henri Matisse 'Sitting Woman'. 
REUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>

A painting of French artist Henri Matisse 'Sitting Woman'. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

A painting of French artist Henri Matisse 'Sitting Woman'. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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<p>A painting by German artist Carl Spitzweg 'Musizierendes Paar' ('Pair Making Music'). 

REUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>

A painting by German artist Carl Spitzweg 'Musizierendes Paar' ('Pair Making Music'). REUTERS/Michael Dalder

A painting by German artist Carl Spitzweg 'Musizierendes Paar' ('Pair Making Music'). REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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<p>A painting by German artist Franz Marc 'Pferde in Landschaft' ('Horses in Landscape'). REUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>

A painting by German artist Franz Marc 'Pferde in Landschaft' ('Horses in Landscape'). REUTERS/Michael Dalder

A painting by German artist Franz Marc 'Pferde in Landschaft' ('Horses in Landscape'). REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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<p>A formerly unknown picture by German artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner entitled "Melancholic Girl. REUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>

A formerly unknown picture by German artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner entitled "Melancholic Girl. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

A formerly unknown picture by German artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner entitled "Melancholic Girl. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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<p>The house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt is pictured in Salzburg. 

 REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler</p>

The house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt is pictured in Salzburg. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

The house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt is pictured in Salzburg. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

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<p>The entrance of the house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt is pictured in Salzburg. 

REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler</p>

The entrance of the house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt is pictured in Salzburg. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

The entrance of the house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt is pictured in Salzburg. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

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<p>The entrance of the house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt in Salzburg. 
REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler</p>

The entrance of the house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt in Salzburg. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

The entrance of the house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt in Salzburg. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

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<p>The name plate on the house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt in Salzburg. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler</p>

The name plate on the house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt in Salzburg. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

The name plate on the house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt in Salzburg. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

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