Masters' works in Nazi art find

Previously unknown artworks by masters including Marc Chagall, Otto Dix, Max Liebermann and Henri Matisse are among a haul of 1,500 paintings believed to have been confiscated by the Nazis and now found inside a flat in Munich.

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'Lion Tamer' among looted paintings already sold

The vast trove of modern art seized under Germany's Nazi regime, including works by Picasso, Matisse and Chagall, was discovered in a Munich apartment among stacks of rotting groceries, German magazine Focus reported.

The Lion Tamer by Max Beckmann was one of the paintings that has already been sold.

Customs investigators made the find in 2011 after a 76-year-old man travelling by train from Zurich to Munich aroused suspicion at the border when he was found carrying a large, albeit legal, amount of cash.

The apartment building in Munich where it is believed that German customs officials discovered missing artworks. Credit: Reuters

Focus said Cornelius Gurlitt, a recluse, had funded himself by occasionally selling a painting.

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