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German court awaiting details of Gurlitt will

Court News     updated  2014/05/09 10:39

A German court says it's awaiting details of a will drawn up by Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive art collector who hoarded more than 1,000 artworks at his apartment and died this week.

Munich district court president Gerhard Ziel said Wednesday that Gurlitt left a will with a notary in the southwest region of Baden-Wuerttemberg, news agency dpa reported.

He said the court expects to receive the document next week and will then establish whether it was correctly filed and whether Gurlitt named heirs.

Gurlitt's spokesman isn't commenting on who might inherit the works.

But German officials say that any heirs are bound by a deal under which Gurlitt agreed that hundreds of pieces from the collection would remain in government hands while they are checked for a possible Nazi-era past.

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