Garage Sale Renoir Painting Sparks Legal Battle With Museum

Virginia woman bought a painting for $7, but museum claims it was stolen and belongs to them.
3:00 | 01/03/14

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And dealers steal a woman says she purchased this -- at a flea market seven dollars a painting that turned out to have been paid by the great Renoir. But a museum says it was stolen from its collection now wants -- back so there's a Tug of war and this morning who should get it here's ABC's -- -- A lucky find. Or a stolen treasure. This morning that's the question for a federal judge with a one of a kind Renoir painting at the center of an intense legal battle the tiny work of art. The size of a napkin is an 1879. Landscape called. On the shore of the send a Virginia woman claims the Renoir is hers Martha through Quaid says she bought it at a flea market back in 2009. For just seven dollars the Baltimore Museum of Art says that price was a real steel. That's because they claim the -- was actually stolen in 1951. And they won it back now that it's resurfaced the FBI sees the -- until a judge determines the rightful owner. In court papers filed this week the museum produced a list of evidence it says proves to Renoir was stolen including a sixty year old police report. Old museum catalogs and even a receipt showing a patron bequeath the -- to the museum. The museum is claiming it owned it and claims that it was stolen so the museum needs to prove that it was in fact stolen and the fact they did -- it. Neither -- Quaid nor her attorneys would speak to ABC news but her brother says she took to -- years ago from her mother. An art aficionado. So even if marfa Fuqua paid as she claims here seven dollars where -- paid 70000 dollars if in fact the painting was stolen. -- thief can obtain can't pass ownership on to somebody else. Now both sides are scrambling to paint a convincing picture to the judge when they face off in court next week. For Good Morning America just felony ABC news Washington.

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