UK and Irish galleries reach new truce in tug of war over Lane collection

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London and Dublin have been at odds for a century over last will of art collector Sir Hugh Lane

A new chapter has been agreed between Britain and Ireland in an acrimonious century-old dispute over the ownership of 39 priceless masterpieces by artists including Manet, Monet, Degas and Renoir.

In 1915 the Irish art collector Sir Hugh Lane was among more than 1,000 people who died when the Lusitania, an ocean liner, was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the southern coast of Ireland.

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