A ROYAL FIND
STOWED AWAY BY HUN THIEF
By JUDY BARDEN AUSTRIA. The famous Austrian Royal art collection has been discovered by the nearly as famous Rainbow Division. This collection is worth somewhere between 10,000,000 dollars and 15,000,000 dollars and includes five Rembrandts, eight paintings by Breugel, seven by Velasquez, two by Deurer, one Rubens and a Titian.
The paintings were in the possession of a Major Fabian, of the German Army. When he was captured he astounded the Americans by his effrontery.
In return for what he called "taking such good care of the collection," Fabian asked that the Americans allow 15 of his officers, whom he named, to have free tuition at Austrian universities. He also asked that 45 of his enlisted men be given farms and be looked after by the Austrian people^
There is little point in repeating the answer that the German officer received to these requests.
The story which is told about the theft of the collection is that Major Fabian stole the paintings, giving as his excuse that they would later lay the foundation of a new currency for a greater Germany. He intended to move them to Switzerland.
Putting the paintings in huge packing cases, he transported them, together with sacks containing tapestries, to a large house in the tiny village of St. Johann. He left the art treasures in the cellar, telling the occupants of the house that the boxes contained food, for which he would return.
The people who owned the house also needed food, however, and they opened the cases and discovered this fabulous collection. The owner of the house reported this to the burgomeister, who, in turn, told the Americans upon their arrival.
The five Rembrandts are: "Large Self-portrait," "Small Self-portrait," "Self-portrait With Gold Chain," "Youths Reading" and "Portrait of a Woman." The eight Breugels are: "Return of the Herd," "Peasant Dance," "Tower of Babel," "St. Paul," "Bird Nester," "Storm at Sea," "Fishing" and "Peasant Wedding." The Velasquez paintings include portraits of the Infanta Maria Margarita, Maria Theresia, Balthasar Carlos, the infant Philip Prospero, Marguerite Thesia Philip the Second. The Rubens was "Jerome" and the one by Titian was "Cherub With Tambourine," but there is some doubt as to whether this is genuine. The collection has been moved to Salzburg in charge of Lieutenant C. S. Hathaway, who was a museum curator in the United States. —Auckland Star and N.A.N.A.
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A ROYAL FIND, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945
A ROYAL FIND Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945
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