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Restitution

Ukraine returns Koenigs’ drawings

But the 139 works go to Dutch State, not collector’s heirs

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Restitution

Princess Leonie of Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach lays claim to $820 million worth of property held in Weimar public institutions

Weimar, Cultural Capital of 1999, negotiates over its cultural treasures

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Restitution

The Duma overrides Yeltsin on law nationalising booty taken from Germany to the Soviet Union after World War II

Russian parliament voted last month to override President Yeltsin’s veto, putting him in a precarious political position

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News

Ukraine returns war booty to Germany

This is in marked contrast to Russia’s tough line against any restitution of works of art taken from Nazi Germany

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Exhibitions

The Greeks on display in Venice and hidden war booty at the Hermitage

Palazzo Grassi's “Greeks in the West” exhibition is pulling in the visitors

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Lost art

Museums in Magdeburg and Leipzig publish lists of their missing art

Two museums in search of their history end up at the door of the Pushkin Museum

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Restitution

Looking at the findings of the “Spoils of War” conference

The meeting produced revelations, but little hope that the return of looted art will be eased

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Science and Art

Archaeologists delighted as Schliemann's Trojan treasure becomes available for research

British scientists describe the new techniques which could be used to investigate the recently revealed gold and silver hoard

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Looted art

What future for the looted Krebs Collection?

Rumours of a Sotheby’s valuation have encouraged talk of auction

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Looted art

Where is the real Van Gogh’s “White House at Night”?

Fears are growing that the version in the St Petersburg is a replica

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Leonardo da Vinci

Restitution in Poland: Count recovers Leonardo’s “Lady with the Ermine” from the Communists and donates it to a foundation

Czartoryski Museum and Library converted into foundation with advice from London art dealer, Andrew Ciechanowiecki

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Looting

Looted art publicly acknowledged by Soviet Minister of Culture

A commission will be set up at Gorbachev’s behest to look into cultural property removed to U.S.S.R.