Monday, 19 June 2006

Klimt portrait sold

Gustav Klimt - Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (1907) detail
After a protracted legal battle, Gustav Klimt's opulent Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (1907) the wife of a Jewish sugar industrialist - one of many artworks looted by the Nazis - was returned to Mrs Bloch-Bauer's niece Maria Altmann earlier this year. It took a court order to persuade the Austrian government to do the right thing. The New York Times reports the city's Neue Galerie paid $135m (£73m) for the painting in a private sale.


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