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British POW Camp Is Put Up for Sale

June 4, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ Going for $160,000: one prisoner of war camp. Single owner, original buildings (somewhat used).

The 17-acre camp, which has 50 prison huts, a chapel and a theater, was built by Italian POWs in the early 1940s, then used to hold captured Germans.

It forms part of the 470-acre Low Harperley Farm in County Durham, northeast England, which has been put up for sale for $17 million after the death of farmer Charlie Johnson.

``Buying this could get someone a slice of history,″ said Robin Peat of land agents George F. White, which is handling the sale.

One of the huts still contains original paintings done by German prisoners, he said. The sprawling, riverside farm also has a large manor house and several cottages.

The POW camp can be bought as part of the package, or is offered separately.

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