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Taking a break from rounding up hard working Mexicans, U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) took some time out to do a good deed. They returned this 17th century painting, “Portrait of a Musician Playing a Bagpipe,” to the Estate of Dr. Max Stern. He was a Jewish art dealer in Germany during the 1930’s who was forced to sell the painting by the Nazis, but wasn’t about to wait for the check and likely didn’t expect any payment at all. It somehow ended up in a Manhattan art gallery owned by Lawrence Steigard. But he wasn’t aware that the $60,00 oil painting, which he acquired from a London gallery, was stolen.