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Jackson Pollock painting returned to Iran museum

  • A $250 million painting by U.S. artist Jackson Pollock has been returned to the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art after being caught up in a row over unpaid debts.

    Mural on Indian Red Ground was seized by Iran’s customs service on May 11 after being on loan to Japan.

    The service said it confiscated the work because of money owed to it by the Ministry of Culture, which runs the museum.

    The ministry said the painting had been returned following negotiations.

    Mural on Indian Red Ground is considered to be one of the Tehran museum’s prize pieces.

    Iran’s former queen Farah Pahlavi built up most of the museum’s collection, which includes work by Picasso and Sir Henry Moore.

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