Jan. 10 - A federal judged ordered Renoir's ''Paysage Bords de Seine'' that was bought at a flea market for next to nothing returned to a Baltimore museum. Gavino Garay reports.
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This Impressionist Renoir painting was bought for next to nothing at a Virginia flea market in 2009.
Marcia "Martha" Fuqua bought Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Paysage Bords de Seine" for just seven U.S. dollars. But the soiled, napkin-size work of art has actually been valued at up to 100,000 dollars.
In 1951, it was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art. On Friday, Judge Leonie Brinkema dismissed Fuqua's claim of ownership, and said the painting must be returned to the museum.
Baltimore Museum of Art attorney Marla Diaz.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MARLA DIAZ, BALTIMORE MUSEUM'S ATTORNEY, SAYING:
"We have had a result from the court today on our motion for partial summery judgment, that has dismissed the claim of the owner who purported to buy the painting at the flee market, and as a result the court has indicated that it will be returning to the painting to the Baltimore Museum of Art, which is the decision we are very delighted about."
Fuqua said she didn't know it was a Renoir and stored it in a garbage bag for two and a half years. She said she bought it because she liked the frame, and thinks she should be able to keep it, since she didn't know it was stolen.
But, the judge noted a property title cannot be transferred if it resulted from a robbery.
What happened to the painting in the time after the theft in 1951 and the time it surfaced at a flea market is unknown.
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