Gauguin & van Gogh Art In Court

The Detroit Institute of Arts and the Toledo Museum are in court to settle ownership issues surrounding a van Gogh and a Gauguin. "At stake is whether the art will remain in the museums' collections or whether the museums must return the works of art to the heirs or pay restitution. The paintings are worth an estimated $10 million to $15 million apiece in today's art market, based on art auction records."The restitution of Nazi-looted art is a hot-button issue. The numbers are elusive, but 600,000 art works appear to have been seized by the Nazis with 10,000 to 100,000 still missing, according to one scholar's congressional testimony. Attention has increased in the last decade as museums and governments became more sensitized, sometimes reluctantly. For the full story - click the title Irish Art