Gallery sells one Schiele for another

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The Independent Culture

An Austrian museum says it is selling a prized Egon Schiele painting to cover the cost of another of the painter's works.

The Leopold Museum says proceeds of the 1914 work Houses with colourful laundry (Suburb II) will pay the $19m (£11.5m) loan it took to recover Portrait of Wally. US authorities had refused to return the work after it was exhibited in 1998 in New York because descendants of a Jewish woman said the Nazis had seized it from her. The settlement called for the Leopold to pay for the painting.

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