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Court upholds restitution of Nazi-looted painting

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NEW YORK (JTA) — A U.S. federal appeals court ruled that a painting looted by the Nazis should remain with the estate of its original Jewish owner.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled Wednesday that the painting, "Girl from the Sabine Mountains," should remain with the estate of art dealer Max Stern, who lost about 400 works of art when the Nazis closed his Dusseldorf gallery in 1937.

A German baroness, Maria-Luise Bissonnette, of Providence, R.I., had sought to recoup the painting, valued somewhere from $67,000 to $94,000. Bissonnette was ordered by a federal judge last year to return the painting to Stern’s estate.

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