Art stolen by the Nazis is for sale at the London auction house

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A 17th century painting salvaged from Nazi Germany could fetch over $ 1,380 million at a London auction on Wednesday at the Old Masters Evening Sale, along with other paintings from the same period Penta Magazine.

The painting, known as A family portrait, or The family of Cornelis de Vos is by The Flemish Baroque artist Sir Anthony Van Dyck, who was a leading court painter to the English royal family before his death in 1641, shows the likeness of his painter colleague Cornelis de Vos together with his wife Suzanna Cock and the children Magdalena and Jan-Baptist.

The 44-inch painting was bought by Sir Francis Cook in 1868 and was owned by his family until the 1930s when Dutch art dealer Nathan Katz bought the property along with about 40 others.

However, according to the multinational art company Sotheby’s, it fell into the hands of the Third Reich through a forced sale to the powerful Nazi military commander Herman Göring by the end of World War II. The painting explains Penta, was returned to the Katz family in 1948 after it was salvaged by the Monuments Men, a special unit of American and British museum directors, curators and historians who risked their lives to get art stolen by the Nazis.

It was later sold to art patron Emil Georg Buhrle, who had it auctioned at Sotheby’s London, where it is expected to fetch between $ 1.38 and 2.07 million, according to Sotheby’s website.



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