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Just in: Vienna Philharmonic restores Nazi-stolen painting to Jewish owners

A painting given to the Vienna Philharmonic in 1940 by Romain Loos, a senior Gestapo official in France, is finally to be restored to its rightful owners. The work, Port-en-Bessin by Paul Signac, is dated 1883. It measures 60 x 30 cm and is valued at half a million US dollars. The painting belongs to the family of Marcel Koch, who died childless in 1999. It is not clear why the Vienna Philharmonic has waited until now to return it.

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