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December 20, 2012 2:18 pm

Rare Poster Collection Looted by Nazis Will Go to Auction in New York

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The collection of rare posters. Photo: Screenshot/BBC.

A collection of rare posters created by some of the world’s most renowned turn-of-the-century artists, and stolen from the original owner by the Nazis in the 1930s, is going to auction in New York, the BBC reports.

Gustave Klimt and Henri de Toulouse-lautrec are just two of the names associated with the thousands of posters in the collection originally accumulated by Hans Sachs. A Berlin museum came into the collection after the war, but in March a court ruled that they must return the posters the Sachs’ family.

Sachs died in 1974. The collection is estimated to be worth $6 million but experts say it could fetch twice that at auction.

A video about the posters can be viewed here.

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