Cornelius Gurlitt, the 81-year-old son of Hitler’s favorite art dealer, died yesterday. More than 121 framed and 1,000 unframed pieces were discovered in a Munich apartment in 2012 and taken by Bavarian authorities. Since their discovery, Gurlitt had been cooperating with the government to research and return the work to their rightful owners’ heirs.
With the news of Gurlitt’s death, it also surfaced the Museum of Fine Arts Bern in Switzerland was named the sole heir in his will. A 60 Minutes article reported the story, along with the tricky situation with moral obligation against German laws, in early April. At the time, the will was a secret and doctors were not giving leads about its details.