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Reports: Poland gets back painting seized in war

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA/Associated Press
July 27, 2011 at 2:27 a.m.
Updated July 28, 2011 at 2:28 a.m.


WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Newspaper reports say a precious 19th century Polish painting that went missing during World War II has been returned to Poland after being taken off an auction in Germany.

The Gazeta Wyborcza and Rzeczpospolita dailies reported Wednesday that Poland's Culture Ministry got back the "Jewish Woman Selling Oranges" by Aleksander Gierymski in negotiations with its German owner.

The ministry refused to confirm the report but said Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski would brief reporters later Wednesday on the picture.

The oil-on-canvas painting went missing from the National Museum in Warsaw when Nazi Germans occupied Poland during the war.

It resurfaced last November among items offered for sale at an auction house near Hamburg, Germany, the newspapers said.

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