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Monday, 28 September 2015 10:22

France Announces an $89 Million Bid to Keep Rembrandt Paintings from Returning to the Netherlands

Rembrandt's portrait of Marten Soolmans. Rembrandt's portrait of Marten Soolmans. Wikipedia

France is bidding to buy one of two rare works by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn to prevent its current owner, the Rothschild family, from shipping the painting to Amsterdam.

Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin said the Bank of France would make an “exceptional” donation of 80 million euros ($89 million) to purchase one of the 17th century paintings for the Louvre Museum, just four days after the Netherlands said it had made an offer to buy both masterpieces.

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