£1billion Nazi art cache found hidden behind food cans

Metro

A Nazi haul of long lost art has been discovered hidden behind piles of out-of-date food in a shabby flat and valued at £1billion.

The 1,500 paintings by the likes of Picasso, Renoir and Matisse were thought to have been destroyed during World War II.

Dealer Hildebrandt Gurlitt amassed the collection during the 1930s and 1940s when he bought the art works at ‘shamefully low’ prices from Jews who were desperately trying to fund their escape from Germany.

He later claimed the paintings had been lost to Allied bombs but it has now been revealed that his ‘loner’ son, Cornelius, had been hiding them.

Officials made the discovery when they raided his Munich flat in 2011, but the authorities kept the find secret – until now.

The media was banned from reporting the discovery while art historians tried to trace the rightful heirs of the paintings’ pre-war owners.

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