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I don't often read obituaries, but when I do...
12-01-2012, 11:39 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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They're quite interesting. coffeetime.gif

Quote:Bettina Looram, who has died aged 88, was the last surviving member of the Austrian branch of the Rothschild family to have grown up in Vienna before the Anschluss of 1938; 60 years later she successfully retrieved from the Austrian state a collection of artworks that the Nazis had stolen from her family and which, when sold at auction in London in 1999, fetched nearly £57.7 million, a record in Europe at that time.

Bettina Looram recalled. “When you’re in hospital you have all the time in the world on your hands. So I rang the minister’s [of culture] office. And in 10 minutes she rang back.” Subsequently, after swift changes had been made to Austria’s law, the country’s museums released some 250 items taken by the Nazis from the great Austrian Rothschild houses that Bettina Looram had known as a child.


Fascinating read.
12-02-2012, 12:22 AM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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That clock...


That's pretty darn opulent for a clock.


12-02-2012, 12:48 AM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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I bet it's real gold too. fatman.gif
12-02-2012, 01:26 AM #4
Athenagoddess Member
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Anyone else it would be piss off ................
12-02-2012, 01:34 AM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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You know it!
12-02-2012, 12:10 PM #6
Accidental Stoner Member
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Quote:No one had supposed that these things would ever be returned to the family, least of all their rightful owners.

Whoever that may be...
12-02-2012, 05:01 PM #7
オタマジャクシ Member
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(12-02-2012, 12:10 PM)Accidental Stoner Wrote:  
Quote:No one had supposed that these things would ever be returned to the family, least of all their rightful owners.

Whoever that may be...

The "rightful owner" of ancient valuables could be a little complicated.

I originally thought this thread was on "the most interesting man in the world" meme.



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