Nazi-looted painting from Gurlitt art trove to go on sale

AP News
Posted: May 22, 2015 10:28 AM

LONDON (AP) — A painting that was seized by the Nazis and only recently returned to the Jewish owner's heirs is going on auction.

Max Liebermann's "Two Riders on a Beach" was discovered in 2012 in the long-hidden art trove hoarded by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt. Gurlitt died last year and the painting was one of the first from his trove to be released back to the heirs of their rightful owners.

David Toren, the great-nephew of the painting's original owner, said he and other heirs have decided to sell the painting so it can "pass into a new phase of its story."

Sotheby's estimated Friday that the Liebermann painting could sell for up to $850,000 when it goes on auction in London on June 24.