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Europe's museums selling off masterpieces

With government subsidies being cut back, they need income from art sales to close budget gaps, make repairs or finance expansions

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The outdoor Eduardo Chillida steel benches at the Westphalian State Museum for Art and Cultural History in Munster, Germany, estimated at two million euros, were created as a homage to the end of the Thirty Years' War in 1648.

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"There's an expression in German: 'Don't sell your family silver'," said Mr Arnhold . "If you sell important art works, that means selling a part of your history."

M√ľnster, Germany

THE director of the art museum here dreads the idea of losing some of his town's biggest cultural attractions. He worries about a Henry Moore sculpture that has been on exhibition for almost 40 years, knowing it could vanish along with Renaissance panels and Eduardo

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