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Poland buys private art collection that includes a da Vinci

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/29/2016
FILE -In this April 12, 2011 file photo Leonardo Da Vinci's painting "Lady with an Ermine" is displayed by art conservators at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland. Poland's Culture Ministry has signed a deal Thursday Dec. 29, 2016 to purchase a precious private art collection that includes a painting by Leonardo da Vinci among its 86,000 objects. The collection _ which includes da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine" and Rembrandt's "Landscape with the Good Samaritan" has been housed in the private Czartoryski Museum in the southern Polish city of Krakow. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, file) © The Associated Press FILE -In this April 12, 2011 file photo Leonardo Da Vinci's painting "Lady with an Ermine" is displayed by art conservators at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland. Poland's Culture Ministry has signed a deal Thursday Dec. 29, 2016 to purchase a precious private art collection that includes a painting by Leonardo da Vinci among its 86,000 objects. The collection _ which includes da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine" and Rembrandt's "Landscape with the Good Samaritan" has been housed in the private Czartoryski Museum in the southern Polish city of Krakow. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, file)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Culture Ministry finalized a deal Thursday to buy a precious private art collection that includes a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, acting to ensure that the collection will remain part of Poland's patrimony for further generations.

Piotr Glinski, right, Poland's deputy prime minister and culture minister, and Adam Karol Czartoryski, owner of a large private art collection, formalize a deal for the state to buy the rich collection in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. The government wants to ensure that the collection, which includes a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, will permanently remain part of the nation's patrimony. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Piotr Glinski, right, Poland's deputy prime minister and culture minister, and Adam Karol Czartoryski, owner of a large private art collection, formalize a deal for the state to buy the rich collection in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. The government wants to ensure that the collection, which includes a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, will permanently remain part of the nation's patrimony. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The collection includes some 86,000 objects, among them da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine," Rembrandt's "Landscape with the Good Samaritan" and works by Renoir.

Piotr Glinski, right, Poland's deputy prime minister and culture minister, and Adam Karol Czartoryski, owner of a large private art collection, formalize a deal for the state to buy the rich collection in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. The government wants to ensure that the collection, which includes a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, will permanently remain part of the nation's patrimony. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Piotr Glinski, right, Poland's deputy prime minister and culture minister, and Adam Karol Czartoryski, owner of a large private art collection, formalize a deal for the state to buy the rich collection in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. The government wants to ensure that the collection, which includes a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, will permanently remain part of the nation's patrimony. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Some 250,000 manuscripts and other library items also are part of the collection, which has been housed in the private Czartoryski Museum in the southern Polish city of Krakow.

Piotr Glinski,right,Poland's deputy prime minister and culture minister, and Adam Karol Czartoryski, owner of a large private art collection, formalize a deal for the state to buy the rich collection in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. The government wants to ensure that the collection, which includes a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, will permanently remain part of the nation's patrimony. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Piotr Glinski,right,Poland's deputy prime minister and culture minister, and Adam Karol Czartoryski, owner of a large private art collection, formalize a deal for the state to buy the rich collection in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. The government wants to ensure that the collection, which includes a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, will permanently remain part of the nation's patrimony. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The purchase comes as the nationalist ruling Law and Justice party strives to build national pride with a focus on positive aspects of Poland's heritage.

Piotr Glinski, the culture minister and deputy prime minister, signed an agreement with Adam Karol Czartoryski, the descendent of an aristocratic family that gathered and preserved the collection over the past two centuries.

The state treasury paid 100 million euros ($105 million), which Glinski acknowledged is a fraction of its value, making it to a large extent a donation to the country.

The da Vinci painting is only one of four female portraits by the Italian Renaissance master.

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