Lon­don art sale to fea­ture ‘miss­ing’ Klimt

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A PAINT­ING by Gus­tav Klimt that dis­ap­peared af­ter its owner died in the Holo­caust is to be sold in Lon­don next month.

Sotheby’s auc­tion house had val­ued the work, Church in Cas­sone – Land­scape with Cy­presses, at be­tween £12 mil­lion (R24m) and £18m.

The 1913 paint­ing of Lake Garda in Italy was put into stor­age in Vi­enna, Aus­tria, by owner Amalie Redlich af­ter the Nazi in­va­sion of that coun­try.

She was de­ported to Lodz in Poland in 1941 and never heard from again.

The paint­ing re-ap­peared in the 1960s and is be­ing sold af­ter a deal was struck be­tween its cur­rent owner and Redlich’s 81-year-old grand­son, Ge­orges Jorisch.

Sotheby’s said the cur­rent owner wished to re­main anony­mous.

The paint­ing is be­ing of­fered at an im­pres­sion­ist and mod­ern art sale on Fe­bru­ary 3.

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