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"Ascension of Christ" stolen from Poland, discovered on eBay. Courtesy Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A missing 18th century painting that turned up on eBay has been returned to Poland:

Homeland Security Investigations returns looted painting to Poland
  April 16, 2013

More than two decades after being stolen, an 18th century painting titled, “Ascension of Christ” is back in the hands of the people of Poland. At a ceremony April 16 at the Royal Castle in the Old Town part of Warsaw, Poland, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. embassy in Warsaw, Poland, returned the painting.

The 9-by-12 inch oil depicting Jesus ascending into heaven with the apostles kneeling below is painted on a wooden oval board and held in a silver and gold-plated frame.

In 2012, HSI New York special agents received information from the Republic of Poland regarding a painting being auctioned on eBay that was believed to have been stolen from the Saint Martin Roman Catholic Church in Siciny, Poland, sometime between 1988 and 1996. According to the eBay listing, the starting bid to purchase the item was $22,000 and the “Buy it Now” price was $35,750.

An HSI undercover investigation determined that the painting had been illegally smuggled into the United States, and it was subsequently forfeited for repatriation to the Republic of Poland.

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