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Prized stolen art frequently resurfaces after decades

Art gallery owner ­Alexander Acevedo was living the art hunter’s dream.

Only one other person at the auction in upstate New York a few years ago seemed interested in the handsome 18th-century portrait of British earl William ­Ponsonby by an unknown artist. The auction catalog’s suggested value: $1,500 to $2,500.

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