Nazi stolen art found 德國一公寓內發現千餘幅納粹掠奪名畫

更新時間 2013年 11月 8日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間10:26

This Picasso artwork Guernica showed a German bombing during the Spanish Civil War

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據德國媒體報道,1500多幅出自畢加索、馬蒂斯和夏卡爾之手的名畫在慕尼黑的一所公寓裏獻身。據估計這批"失而複得"的畫作價值約為13.5億美元。請聽駐柏林記者 Steve Evans 的報道。

The collection of works the Nazis stole from Jews was consigned to a dealer to be sold before the war. But the paintings then vanished; presumed destroyed.

The works consist of what the Nazis deemed 'degenerate art', that is, modern art. It now transpires that two years ago the authorities discovered this amazing and priceless collection in darkened rooms at the home of a reclusive relative of the pre-war dealer.

It seems the relative had been selling paintings occasionally, when he needed money. One work by the German expressionist Max Beckmann was sold two years ago for more than three-quarters of a million Euros.

The authorities have kept quiet, partly because ownership would be disputed. A mountain of litigation is no doubt on the way.

Quiz 聽力測驗

1. True or false? People thought the art, stolen by the Nazis, had been destroyed.

True. They were presumed destroyed.

2. How much is this art collection worth?

It is priceless. The collection is impossible to put a value on.

3. When was this art collection discovered?

Two years ago.

4. Why have the authorities not mentioned this discovery before?

They were worried there would a dispute about who owns it.

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