Nazi Loot Found
Adolf Hitler may have been a mediocre artist, but he certainly had a vulture's eye for art treasures. Before he topped himself, the Führer had looted a hoard big enough to put the Vatican to shame. This gem is a fine example. Saint Justa by Bartolome Esteban Murillo is one of a pair stolen by the Nazis from the Rothschilds in Paris in 1941. Murillo's Saint Rufina makes the pair. Somehow these two paintings ended up in the Southern Methodist University Museum in the USA. Recent inspection found that one of the pair still bore the Nazi ERR (Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg) code on the stretcher, proving Rothschild ownership. The Nazi mark seems to have been removed from the other painting. The collector who acquired these treasures for the Methodists obviously didn't give a fig for provenance. Their current value is estimated at more than $10 million.