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      Toledo Museum of Art returns German item stolen in WWII

      The Toledo Museum of Art has handed over an 18th-century porcelain centerpiece believed to have been stolen from a castle in Germany where the item was hidden during World War II.

      TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The Toledo Museum of Art has handed over an 18th-century porcelain centerpiece believed to have been stolen from a castle in Germany where the item was hidden during World War II.

      TMA and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the piece will go back to the Dresden Museum.

      Museum officials gave back the item at a ceremony on Wednesday.

      Federal investigators tracked down the stolen piece by comparing cracks in the porcelain with photographs of the cracks in the piece that was at the Dresden museum in the 1930s.

      Customs officials say the piece was purchased from a European art dealer in 1955 and that the Toledo Museum of Art bought it from a New York gallery.

      The museum says it was unaware it was stolen.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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