Göring's Prints up for Sale

September 17 2020

Image of Göring's Prints up for Sale

Picture: Interencheres.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has alerted me to the macabre provenance of a collection of old master prints coming up for sale in Northern France.

The bound volume of 193 prints by the likes of Van Dyck, Poussin, Guide Reni and Maroni bears stamps and inscriptions showing that it once belonged to Hermann Görring. After being sent to Berlin, presumably during the war, it was later taken by Russian soldiers after the capture of Eagle's Nest on 4th May 1945. It bears stamps purporting to show that it was then sent to Tsarskoe Selo before being distributed to soldiers of the second armoured division. Each of the prints bears an inventory mark.

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