Christies to auction art seized by Nazis from Jewish homes

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Efforts to reunite the original owners or surviving family members with their artwork resulted in the return of more than 10,000 pieces, which under Austrian law went to the local Jewish federation.

Highlights of the sale include works by Alexander Archipenko, Rudolf von Alt, Abraham Brueghel and Guglielmo Cortese.

Christie's has said it will not profit from the auction, which is expected to raise more than $3.5 million. Proceeds will be distributed to both Jewish and non-Jewish Holocaust victims and their families, the auction house said.