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US museum awarded stolen $9 Renoir painting

Published on Jan 13, 2014 12:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A Renoir painting that was allegedly picked up at a flea market for US$7 (S$9) was stolen from a museum more than 60 years ago and must be returned, a United States federal judge ruled.

Eastern District of Virginia Judge Leonie Brinkema awarded ownership of the disputed 1879 oil painting on linen to the museum in Baltimore, ruling it had been stolen from there in November 1951.

"The Baltimore Museum of Art is pleased that the US District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia has awarded ownership of the stolen Renoir painting, 'On the Shore of the Seine,' to the museum," it said in a statement following Friday's ruling.

"We look forward to celebrating the painting's homecoming with a special installation in the galleries in late March."

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