Museum hits back over Klimt frieze sale claims

Visitors look up at the Beethoven Frieze in the Secession Museum in Vienna. Picture: Reuters

Visitors look up at the Beethoven Frieze in the Secession Museum in Vienna. Picture: Reuters

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The Viennese museum that houses one of Gustav Klimt’s greatest artworks says it has ­evidence that its previous ­Jewish owner sold it to the Austrian state in an amicable transaction – rather than too cheaply under duress.

The Viennese museum that houses one of Gustav Klimt’s greatest artworks says it has ­evidence that its previous ­Jewish owner sold it to the Austrian state in an amicable transaction – rather than too cheaply under duress.

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