Nazi-pillaged artwork to be auctioned in Vienna
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Nazi-pillaged artwork to be auctioned in Vienna

‘Portrait of a Man’ by Bartholomeus van der Helst taken during Holocaust from the famous Adolphe Schloss collection

File: Hitler assesses looted art (photo credit: YouTube screenshot)
File: Hitler assesses looted art (photo credit: YouTube screenshot)

A 17th century Dutch Master painting that was looted by the Nazis in 1943 from its Jewish owner will go under the hammer this week at a Vienna auction house after legal proceedings were unable to block the sale.

Auctioneers Im Kinsky listed “Portrait of a Man” by Bartholomeus van der Helst in the catalog for Wednesday’s sale.

The painting was part of a major art collection amassed by Adolphe Schloss, who was Jewish and died in Paris in 1910.

In 1943 as the Nazis ransacked occupied Europe and looted its art collections, they helped themselves to 333 of the works in the collection. Many were recovered after the war; however, 167 paintings, including “Portrait of a Man” vanished after 1945.

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