A case we have been covering since 2014 has finally ended with the US Supreme Court denying any further appeals. During World War II, the Nazi’s seized two life-size portraits of Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder from Jewish Dutch art dealer, Jacques Goudstikker. The works hung in the home of Hermann Goering, second in command of the Third Reich, later making their way to the Norton Simon Museum in 1971. Goudstikker’s daughter-in-law, Marei von Saher, has been fighting for the return of the work for over twenty years. Sadly for her, the Supreme Court sided with the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco who ruled that the museum rightfully owns the works as her family failed to submit a claim in the Netherlands before the 1951 deadline.
The paintings have an estimated worth $24 million.