By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Back in November, we reported that a treasure trove of 1,400 priceless artworks from the likes of Matisse, Renoir, and Picasso were found in a German man’s Munich apartment. Now, 60 more paintings have been found in his Austrian home, and Germany is setting up an independent center to comb through museum collections for Nazi-looted art.
The lone 80-year-old Cornelius Gurlitt ended up with a collection estimated to be worth more than a billion dollars, because his father had been a wartime art dealer when Nazis ruled Germany. Recently, Germany has been facing international pressure for taking over a year to reveal their discovery of the massive artwork collection after authorities had found it.
For months, families of Holocaust victims – Jews who were persecuted by the Nazis during World War II – have laid claims to some of the works. However, the art found in Austria doesn’t show up on databases of Nazi-looted art, like the 1,400 works found in Munich did.
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