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For the record

February 13, 2012

Book review: In the Feb. 12 Arts & Books section, a review of "The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, 'Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer'" stated that Ronald S. Lauder is heir to the Revlon fortune. He is heir to the Estee Lauder fortune. The review also stated that Lauder purchased the painting for $135 million. In fact, he provided funds for the Neue Galerie of New York to purchase the artwork. The review also said that before Viennese journalist Hubertus Czernin reported in 1999 on the Nazi activities of Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, he had started digging into files documenting the theft of Jewish art collections. In fact, Czernin reported on Waldheim's Nazi activities in 1986 and then started looking into the theft of Jewish art collections. Additionally, the review implied that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2006 in favor of lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg, who was representing Maria Altmann and other members of her family, who were seeking the right to sue Austria in U.S. courts for the return of stolen property. The ruling was made in 2004.

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