Stolen paintings by Chagall and Picasso were found in the basement in Belgium

By TravelWiseJan 25, 2024 15:10 PMNews
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One of the paintings that was found, Tête by Pablo Picasso
One of the paintings that was found, Tête by Pablo Picasso

In Antwerp, Belgium, paintings by Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso that were stolen 14 years ago have been found. They are intact and preserved in their original frames.

Both paintings - Picasso's portrait Tête (Head, 1971) and Chagall's Lʼhomme en prière (Man in Prayer, 1970) - were stolen from the house of an Israeli collector in 2010. Their total value was estimated at about $900 thousand. During that robbery, the robbers also seized jewelry worth $680 thousand, which was never found, The Guardian writes.

Stolen paintings by Chagall and Picasso were found in the basement in Belgium
A fragment of Marc Chagall's painting ''Man Comes First''. Source: Parquet Of Namur/Reuters

Investigators achieved a breakthrough in the decade-long search for the paintings in late 2022 when Belgian police received a tip that a local art dealer had put the paintings up for sale. Later, a large sum of money was found in his house, but not the paintings. Although the suspect confessed to the theft, he did not say where he kept the paintings.

Both stolen paintings were found in the basement of the house in Antwerp where the artist lived. The main suspect was charged with the theft of the two paintings and placed under arrest.

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