Poland Acquires Art Collection Worth 2 Billion Euros for 'Bargain' Price

  • Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine."

    Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine."

Poland's State Treasury announced Thursday the purchase of Leonardo da Vinci's 1490 painting "Lady with an Ermine" and some 86,000 other objects from the private Czartoryski Foundation, which has been housing its collection in the National Museum in Krakow.

The collection also includes Rembrandt's "Landscape with the Good Samaritan," drawings by Renoir and some 250,000 manuscripts and other library items, according to Deutsche Welle.

DW reports the Polish government paid just over 100 million euros ($105 million) for the collection which is estimated to be worth 2 billion euros.

Foundation president and founder Adam Czartoryski remarked on questions about the art's sale at below market value: "Listen, in life, you do the things the way you feel like it. I felt like making a donation and that's my choice."

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