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Degas statue given to taxman

The piece settles a 175,000 tax bill

A bronze statue by impressionist Edgar Degas has been donated to the nation in lieu of a £175,000 in inheritance tax.

Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot was handed over under the Acceptance In Lieu scheme.

Culture Minister Margaret Hodge said the scheme had been "saving beautiful works of art and precious items from our heritage for 100 years".

Last year, works by Titian and David Hockney were among almost £20m worth of objects accepted under the scheme.

All have now entered public collections.

Mrs Hodge said: "This elegant bronze is just the latest in a very long line of items that many generations to come will be able to marvel at, appreciate and learn from."

The sculpture is one of almost 70 pieces that were discovered in Degas' studio following his death.

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