Authorities in Dusseldorf are to decide whether to return a £20 million painting to the descendants of its Jewish owner after research revealed the possible reasons for its sale.
Foxes by Franz Marc, which is hanging in the German Museum Kunstpalast, was bought by banker Kurt Grawi in 1928. In 1939, he said he had transported it to Paris to be shipped to New York. He later sold it to pay for his escape to South America via Belgium and the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
Grawi eventually settled in Santiago, Chile, while the painting was sold in New York to a film director.
It was donated to Dusseldorf in 1961.
City officials are due to make a ruling next month on its future.
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