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The story began with one of those improbable tales of an artistic masterpiece uncovered at a flea market.It concluded Friday, the painting still a masterpiece but the story about the flea market all the more improbable.A federal judge has awarded ownership of a disputed Renoir painting to a Baltimore museum, citing 'overwhelming evidence' that the painting had been stolen from the museum more than 60 years ago.The judge's decision rejected the claims of a Virginia woman, Marcia 'Martha' Fuqua, who maintained that she bought the painting at a flea market for $7, even as others, including her own brother, disputed her story.
The woman said she did not know the painting was a Renoir when she bought it, even though it was held in a frame with a 'RENOIR' panel attached.
Ohhh, that Renoir. I thought it was by Bob Ross Renoir, the guy who did a painting class on TV.