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Flea-market Renoir siblings bitterly divided

Friday - 11/29/2013, 2:15pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal court battle over a napkin-sized Renoir is driving two northern Virginia siblings bitterly apart.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/17Z3vM4) reported Thursday on the ownership dispute over a painting reported stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in the 1950s.

Matt Fuqua of Great Falls says the case has turned him and sister Martha into enemies. She contends she bought the tiny landscape painting at a West Virginia flea market for $7 in 2009.

The brother's girlfriend says she found the painting in 2011 in the home of the siblings' mother. The girlfriend says Martha Fuqua told her that her mother was giving her the painting for safekeeping.

Martha has since been charged with burglarizing the girlfriend's apartment. Now she's trying to evict the couple from the mother's property.

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