Cornelius Gurlitt, hoarder of valuable art collection, dies

By Matt Schudel, May 7, 2014

Until six months ago, almost no one, even in his native Germany, had heard of Cornelius Gurlitt. Shy and reclusive, he lived alone in an apartment in Munich, anonymous even to the local officials.

He wasn’t listed in the phone book, had never held a job or paid taxes and hadn’t registered with the state-run health system. His only companions appeared to be more than 1,000 artworks that he kept in his darkened apartment.

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