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Lauder finds artwork with cloudy provenance

He is surprised the piece - which he didn't identify, saying that talks on its return are being finalised - has made it into the museum he co-founded

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Some restitution advocates and scholars have criticised Mr Lauder, saying that his own practices in detailing the provenance of works in Neue Galerie (above) and his private collection have not been as transparent as they should be.
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Some restitution advocates and scholars have criticised Mr Lauder (seen here testifying with Helen Mirren at a Senate hearing on the restitution of looted art), saying that his own practices in detailing the provenance of works in Neue Galerie and his private collection have not been as transparent as they should be.

New York

WHEN it comes to art plundered in Europe during World War II, Ronald Lauder, chairman of the Commission for Art Recovery, has been very much the face, and soul, of the restitution movement.

In June, he was centre stage at a Senate hearing on a bill to ease the way for the