Gurlitt research, restitution snagged by dispute over will

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Posted: Feb 17, 2015 5:34 AM

BERLIN (AP) — A Swiss museum that accepted the bequest of a massive trove of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt says efforts to research the works and process restitution cases are being delayed by a dispute over Gurlitt's will.

The Kunstmuseum Bern accepted the collection in November. Shortly before, Gurlitt's cousin Uta Werner applied for a certificate of inheritance to the Munich court handling Gurlitt's estate.

The museum said Tuesday a court decision "could take some time" and for now it has no right of disposal over the legacy, meaning a research body meant to speed up investigation of the collection can't start work.

Three works already were identified as Nazi-looted art but the museum said the inheritance dispute complicates processing those cases.