Nazi-looted art saved by ‘Monuments Men’ to be auctioned
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Nazi-looted art saved by ‘Monuments Men’ to be auctioned

Allied unit in WWII, subject of upcoming film, rescued thousands of works in World War II, some of which to be sold Thursday in NY

Harry Ettlinger, right, and Dale Ford, US soldiers who served as Monuments Men, are shown in 1945 or 1946 inspecting a Rembrandt in a salt mine where the Nazis stored stolen and hidden art. (Photo credit: National Archives and Records Administration via JTA)
Harry Ettlinger, right, and Dale Ford, US soldiers who served as Monuments Men, are shown in 1945 or 1946 inspecting a Rembrandt in a salt mine where the Nazis stored stolen and hidden art. (Photo credit: National Archives and Records Administration via JTA)

Nazi-looted paintings recovered by the Allies platoon known as the Monuments Men will be sold at auction in New York.

The four lots will go on the block at Sotheby’s in New York on Thursday as part of a sale of Old Master paintings and sculpture.

Some of the works were owned by the Rothschild family. Two of the family’s paintings to be auctioned were placed in the private collection of Nazi leader Hermann Goering, Reuters reported.

The Monuments Men during World War II retrieved tens of thousands of valuable masterpieces and returned them to their righful owners.

George Clooney in "Monuments Men." (screen capture: YouTube)
George Clooney in “Monuments Men.” (screen capture: YouTube)

A film about the platoon, directed by George Clooney and with a star-studded cast, is scheduled to open next month.

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