German collector to return 1st looted artwork

BERLIN (AP) — A reclusive German collector who hoarded a priceless trove of art — including items possibly looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis — at his homes in Germany and Austria has agreed to hand back one item.

Christoph Edel, a lawyer for collector Cornelius Gurlitt, says the unidentified work "is justifiably suspected of being looted art" and other pieces are expected to be returned to claimants in the coming weeks.

In a statement sent to The Associated Press late Wednesday, Gurlitt spokesman Stephan Holzinger says further searches of Gurlitt's property in Salzburg, Austria, revealed a total of 238 artworks there, including paintings by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cezanne.

They add to some 1,400 works that authorities found at Gurlitt's Munich apartment in 2012 while investigating a tax case.

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