By Dearbail Jordan
September 14, 2023
US authorities have seized artworks by the Austrian artist Egon Schiele from American museums following a claim they were looted during the Holocaust.
Investigators in New York have seized three pieces from galleries in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Ohio.
The pictures are being sought by the heirs of Fritz Grünbaum, an Austrian-Jewish art collector, cabaret performer and outspoken critic of Nazism.
The museums say they are confident in their legal ownership of the art works.
Mr Grünbaum, who died in a concentration camp at Dachau in 1941, owned 81 pieces by Schiele.