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New York to auction art looted by Hitler's deputy

NEW YORK--Four Old Masters stolen by the Nazis, including Hitler's deputy Hermann Goering, go under the hammer in New York this week where they are expected to fetch up to US$1 million, Sotheby's announced Monday.

The paintings looted after the 1940 fall of France were returned to their owners by the Monuments Men, the allied organization responsible for protecting treasures during World War II.

Under the hammer as a single lot valued at US$300-500,000 are a pair of paintings by 18th-century French painter Jean-Baptiste Pater.

For US$150-200,000 Sotheby's is offering a 15th-century panel, “Triumph of Marcus Furius Camillus” by Apollonio di Giovanni, also stolen from the French Rothschilds.

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