U.S. Court Considers Claim On Art Stolen During World War II

01/24/2013 07:54 am ET | Updated Jan 24, 2013

WASHINGTON -- A three-judge federal appellate court heard brief oral arguments Wednesday in what art experts say could be the last great Holocaust-era art restitution case, one with a California connection, but issued no ruling.

The unusual case was brought by heirs and relatives of a legendary Hungarian art collector in a dispute over possession of more than 40 artworks valued at $100 million -- including some paintings in the collections of Hungarian museums -- that were stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

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