Sotheby's to offer Corot painting taken by Nazis

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Sotheby's will auction a painting by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot worth around $1.5 million after it was returned to the heirs of the original owners, Jewish bankers forced to flee Europe in World War Two.

"Jeune femme a la fontaine," which the auctioneer said ranked among the French artist's finest figure paintings of the 1860s and 1870s, will go under the hammer on June 2 in London as part of the 19th century paintings sale.

Sotheby's will be hoping that the provenance of the work, and its dramatic history, will boost its value, which it estimates at 800,000-1.2 million pounds.

Other works seized from Jewish families during the chaos of World War Two and returned to heirs of original owners include Gustav Klimt's "Kirche in Cassone," which fetched $43 million in February, an auction record for a landscape by the artist....

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