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Swiss museum that inherited Gurlitt trove selling properties

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AP 6 June 2017
By Geir Moulson

BERLIN (AP) — The Swiss museum that inherited German collector Cornelius Gurlitt's art trove is selling an apartment and a house that were part of the legacy to help cover costs it incurred.

The Kunstmuseum Bern's deputy director, Marcel Bruelhart, on Tuesday confirmed a report Tuesday in the Berner Zeitung newspaper that it is selling Gurlitt's apartment in Munich and house in Salzburg, Austria.

Gurlitt died in 2014, months after German authorities announced they had seized the art trove at his Munich apartment. He had kept over 1,200 works in Munich and 250 more in Salzburg, Austria.

His will designated the museum as sole heir. A legal battle ensued when a cousin of Gurlitt, Uta Werner, challenged the testament on the grounds that Gurlitt wasn't mentally fit when he wrote it shortly before his death — a case rejected in December by a Munich court.

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