Francesco Guardi's 'Venice, a View of the Piazzetta Looking Towards San Giorgio Maggiore' is seen at Sotheby's auction house in New York January 24, 2014. Paintings looted by the Nazis during World ... more 
Francesco Guardi's 'Venice, a View of the Piazzetta Looking Towards San Giorgio Maggiore' is seen at Sotheby's auction house in New York January 24, 2014. Paintings looted by the Nazis during World War Two and retrieved by the Monuments Men, the allied group tasked with returning masterpieces to their rightful owners, will be sold at auction on Thursday in New York. The works, which will go under the hammer during Sotheby's sale of Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture, were among the tens of thousands of works recovered by the art experts whose story is told in the George Clooney film "The Monuments Men," which opens in U.S. theaters on February 7. Picture taken January 24, 2014. To match ART-AUCTION/MONUMENTMEN REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS) less 
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Mon, Jan 27, 2014 5:15 PM EST