By WILLIAM C. TROTT, United Press International

In another note from the art world, a French painting once owned by Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos has been auctioned off by the Philippine government for $400,000. The painting, 'Sweetpeas' by Henri Fantin-Latour, was sold earlier this month to an unidentified buyer by the Christie's auction house in New York.

The painting was discovered in New York in the Marcoses' Olympic Towers apartment, which the Philippine government was eventually awarded in a lawsuit and the proceeds will go to the Philippine national treasury. In January Christie's will auction off some furniture, silverware and decorative art objects seized from Marcos properties. There reportedly are several other artworks of greater value among the more than 150 Marcos paintings still listed as missing.


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