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Italian retiree 'happy' to have lived with stolen Gauguin

The retired autoworker who unknowingly bought stolen paintings worth millions of euros by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard and hung them in his kitchen for 40 years said he was "proud" of his taste in art. "As a simple factory worker, I am proud of having been able to appreciate and buy two masterpieces even though I did not know what they were," the 70-year-old Italian man was quoted by the La Stampa daily as saying Thursday.

Italian retiree 'happy' to have lived with stolen Gauguin

The retired autoworker who unknowingly bought stolen paintings worth millions of euros by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard and hung them in his kitchen for 40 years said he was "proud" of his taste in art. "As a simple factory worker, I am proud of having been able to appreciate and buy two masterpieces even though I did not know what they were," the 70-year-old Italian man was quoted by the La Stampa daily as saying Thursday.

Stolen Gauguin painting found in Italian retiree's kitchen

By Eleanor and Biles ROME (Reuters) - A painting by French post-Impressionist Paul Gaugin that was stolen in Britain in 1970 has turned up hanging in the kitchen of a retired factory worker in Sicily, Italian police said on Wednesday. With it was a second missing painting by Pierre Bonnard, another French avant garde artist of the late 19th century, that the owner bought along with the Gaugin at an auction in 1975 for only 45,000 lire (23.24 euros).

Romanian expert was key witness in Dutch art heist probe

A Romanian art expert said Monday she helped police identify the suspects of a spectacular heist from a Dutch museum after she was asked to appraise two paintings in 2012. In an interview with Romanian daily Adevarul and Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad, Mariana Dragu of Romania's National Art Museum said she "felt she had to do something" when she realised that the paintings she had seen were stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam. A total of seven masterpieces including a Picasso, a Gauguin and two Monets were taken from the museum in October 2012.

Pollock, portrait of Matisse's wife highlights of N.Y. auctions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A rare portrait of the wife of Henri Matisse by artist Andre Derain and a monumental work by Jackson Pollock could each sell for $20 million (13.1 million pounds) or more in spring auctions in New York, auction houses said on Friday. Christie's will offer "Madame Matisse," a vibrant 1905 oil canvas with a pre-sale estimate of as much as $20 million, at its sale of Impressionist and modern art on May 8.

Romanian police arrest mother of Dutch art heist suspect

Romanian police on Friday said they had made another arrest linked to the spectacular 2012 art heist at Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum, detaining the mother of one of the male suspects. Judicial sources said Olga Dogaru, whose son Radu Dogaru was arrested in January for direct involvement in the robbery, was arrested on suspicion of complicity in the theft of seven paintings by Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse and Monet. Experts have estimated the paintings' value at more than 100 million euros ($130 million).

Romania says more suspects involved in Dutch art heist

BUCHAREST, Jan 23 (Reuters) - A bigger crime ring than previously thought may have been behind the theft of seven paintings, including a Picasso and two Monets and worth 18 million euros, from a Dutch museum last year, a Romanian court said on Wednesday. Thieves made off with the paintings from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum in October in a brazen and meticulously planned operation that was one of the biggest such thefts in the Netherlands.
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