Nazi-looted painting smashes predictions to fetch £2.4m at auction

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Nazi-looted painting smashes predictions to fetch £2.4m at auction

Sir Anthony van Dyck's portrait of painter Cornelis de Vos and his family was part of Sotheby’s Old Masters Evening Sale in London

A painting by Sir Anthony van Dyck which was recovered from Nazi Germany has fetched nearly £2.5 millionat auction.

The portrait of painter Cornelis de Vos, his wife Suzanna Cock and children Magdalena and Jan-Baptist, was part of Sotheby’s Old Masters Evening Sale in London last week.

The artwork was first sold in 1868 to Sir Francis Cook before changing hands to Dutchman Nathan Katz in the 1930s.

The Nazis seized the painting at the outbreak of the Second World War, but it was eventually recovered and restored to the Katz family.

It was later sold to art patron Emil Georg Buhrle, and was sold by Sotheby’s for £2,435,000 at auction on Wednesday evening.

Photo issued by Sotheby’s of A painting by Sir Anthony van Dyck which was recovered from Nazi Germany and is expected to fetch more than £1,000,000 at auction. I

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