London art sale to feature ‘missing’ Klimt
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.