Polish court to check legality of da Vinci money transfer

October 5, 2018

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Supreme Audit Office says the government has asked a Warsaw court to rule on whether an aristocratic family’s foundation broke the law when transferring abroad money it made from the sale of an art collection to the state.

Last year, the Czartoryski Foundation sold the 18th century collection that includes Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine” to the Polish government for 100 million euros ($120 million).

The sale led critics to accuse the government of squandering money on something that was intended to be Poland’s property. The government argued it had sealed the ownership of the collection and that the foundation was meant to use the money to fund cultural projects in Poland.

But the foundation, headed by Prince Adam Karol Czartoryski, transferred the money to Liechtenstein.

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