Short on donations, Romania faces deadline to buy Brancusi

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) " Romania's culture minister says the public has donated much less than needed to buy a nationally treasured work by sculptor Constantin Brancusi.

Corina Suteu thanked the 100,000 contributors who had given 1.163 million euros ($1.30 million) as of Friday, adding the government has one month left to buy the sculpture, "Wisdom of the Earth," from its private owners.

Romania's government plans to pay 5 million euros toward the sculpture's 11-million-euro purchase price. The government launched a public campaign in March to raise the remaining 6 million euros.

Suteu says she will present a new plan soon to fill the deficit.

"Wisdom of the Earth" depicts a female figure sitting with folded arms and her legs pulled up. It is one of just a few Brancusi works remaining in his homeland.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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