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Manhattan, NY - Thousands Of Rare Posters Stolen By Nazis To Be Auctioned

Published on: December 21, 2012 09:15 AM
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FILE - Peter Sachs holds up a book with some of his father, Hans Sachs' favorite posters at his home in Sarasota, Fla., May 16, 2006. Chris O'Meara/AP PhotoFILE - Peter Sachs holds up a book with some of his father, Hans Sachs’ favorite posters at his home in Sarasota, Fla., May 16, 2006. Chris O’Meara/AP Photo

Manhattan, NY - Several thousand pre-World War II posters seized by the Nazis are coming to a New York City auction.

The 4,000 posters are by such noted artists as Alphonse Mucha (Moo-KAH’) and Jules Cheret (Shuh-REH’).

Their estimated value is $10 million.

Guernsey’s auction house says if a single buyer cannot be found for the entire collection, the posters will be sold Jan. 18-20.

The collection once numbered 12,500 posters. They promoted everything from art and travel to products and movies.

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The German Historical Museum in Berlin returned the posters to the son of the collector, Hans Sachs, in October following a five-year court battle.

Sachs, who died in 1974, believed his collection had been destroyed.

His son, Peter Sachs, of Las Vegas, discovered their existence in 2005.

Online: www.guernseys.com


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