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German court studying Gurlitt will seeks psychiatric report

BERLIN (AP) — A court considering a challenge to German collector Cornelius Gurlitt’s will is seeking a report from a psychiatric expert on whether he was competent to draw up the testament.

The Munich state court said Friday the report isn’t expected before October — suggesting that a decision on who gets Gurlitt’s vast, long-hidden trove of art is some way off.

Gurlitt died in May 2014, months after German authorities said they had seized more than 1,000 works at his apartment. His will, which is being challenged by cousin Uta Werner, designated Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern as heir. A lower court rejected Werner’s challenge and she appealed.

Both potential heirs promised to ensure any pieces looted by the Nazis are returned to Jewish owners’ heirs. The first such works were restituted in May.

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