Does art database make some works of art “unsellable”?

A German court has ruled that the current possessor of a work of art cannot stop a claimant from registering it on a government database of Nazi-looted art in the latest in a series of legal challenges to listings on, a German website designed to help victims and their heirs recover cultural property lost due to Nazi persecution.

Owners of works of art listed on this register argue that the list makes works of art “unsellable in practical terms”.

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