Painting by Egon Schiele Stolen by Nazis Back in Austrian Museum

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VIENNA (AP).- A painting by Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele has been rehung at a Vienna museum after a 12-year possession battle over the artwork stolen by the Nazis. The painting was returned over the weekend after the Leopold Museum agreed to pay $19 million (euro15 million) as part of the settlement. U.S. authorities had refused to return the painting after it was exhibited in New York because heirs of the owners laid a claim to it. The painting was put on display again Monday. Leopold Museum head Peter Weinhaeupl called it a “symbolic day” for the museum. On 20 July 2010, settlement was reached between the Leopold Museum Private Foundation (LMPF) and the Estate of Lea Bondi-Jaray with regard to the painting Portrait of Wally by Egon Schiele; according to this arrangement, the Foundation paid nineteen million