In one of the art world’s most dramatic heists,
thieves made off with seven paintings, worth millions of euros,
by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and others.
While the Romanian ringleader and his accomplices were convicted
of the theft in 2013, none of the artworks had been recovered
and Romanian experts believed at least three of them had been
burned in an attempt to destroy evidence.
"Anti-organized crime prosecutors are investigating the
circumstances under which a painting signed by Picasso worth
roughly 800,000 euros ($913,440) was found on Saturday evening
in Tulcea county," they said in a statement, adding the painting
is being authenticated.
They said two Dutch citizens arrived at the Netherlands Embassy
in Bucharest with the painting saying they had found it in the
southeastern Romanian county.
Security camera footage released at the time of the theft showed
a gang entering through a back door of the museum and
disappearing from view. Seconds later they reappeared carrying
The other stolen works were Matisse's "La Liseuse en Blanc et
Jaune", Monet's "Waterloo Bridge, London" and "Charing Cross
Bridge, London", Gauguin's "Femme devant une fenętre ouverte",
Meijer De Haan's "Autoportrait" and Lucian Freud’s "Woman with
(Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
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