Painting stolen by Nazis to be auctioned off by heirs

Tallahassee on April 18, 2012 released the following:

“The 400-year-old Cristo Portacroce (Christ Carrying the Cross) painting that was stolen more than 70 years ago from its owners in Nazi-occupied France during World War II was handed back today.

The heirs of original owner Federico Gentili di Giuseppe [] will put the painting up on the auction block come June.

Corinne Hershkovitch, attorney for the di Giuseppe heirs, said the painting is estimated to be worth nearly $3 million and will be auctioned off in New York.

Morning Update
The United States Attorney’s Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Interpol and representatives of the Gentili heirs will attend a ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Federal Courthouse downtown.

The 400-year-old Cristo Portacroce (Christ Carrying the Cross) painting was stolen more than 70 years ago from its owners in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

Today it will be formally returned to representatives of the family of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe.

The painting was stolen by Nazi soldiers during the takeover of Paris in 1940. Homeland security agents seized the painting on loan to the Brogan Museum in Tallahassee from Italy last November after after learning that the family had been seeking its return.”

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