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Another art trove found in home of Nazi-era dealer's son

A reclusive elderly German art collector who kept a trove of 1,400 works at his apartment in Munich also had about 60 more pieces at a house in Salz­burg, Austria, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Collector Cornelius Gurlitt's caregiver ordered the works — including a drawing by Picasso and paintings by Monet, Renoir and Manet — to be secured as a precaution against break-ins and theft, the German news agency Dpa quoted spokesman Stephan Holzinger as saying. Further details were not available, and Holzinger did not return a call.

Secured on Monday, the art is being examined by experts "on the orders of Cornelius Gurlitt" to determine whether any of the works were looted by the Nazis, Holzinger said. He added that an initial evaluation suggests they were not.

Gurlitt, who is in his early 80s, is the son of well-known Nazi-era art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt. The elder Gurlitt helped Hitler's regime collect and cash in on artworks, including some taken from Jews who used them as bribes to flee Europe or who were shipped off to concentration and extermination camps.

The works in Munich were seized by authorities investigating a tax case in 2012. Officials kept the find secret until it was publicized by a German magazine in early November, putting the total number of pieces at more than 1,400. They are checking whether 458 of the pieces were seized by the Nazis, but plan to return works belonging indisputably to Gurlitt.

Prosecutors who are in charge of the Munich case declined comment on the works in Salzburg.

Art collector Cornelius Gurlitt kept about 60 pieces, including works by Picasso, Monet and Renoir, at this house in Salzburg, Austria.

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Art collector Cornelius Gurlitt kept about 60 pieces, including works by Picasso, Monet and Renoir, at this house in Salzburg, Austria.

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