Works Stolen in Argentina Appear in Paris

Works by Cézanne, Gauguin and Renoir stolen in Argentina 23 years ago have been fond in Paris. The find was confirmed this week by Interpol. The works had been stolen 23 years ago from the Museo de Bellas Artes of Argentina.

The three paintings were stolen on Christmas Night of 1980, together with other 13 works of art. This was later known as the greatest art theft in Argentina. Jorge Glusberg, director of the Museo de Bellas Artes, confirmed that the works were found. He stated that Interpol and Argentine justice agents will fly to Paris to see the works and negotiate their return to Buenos Aires.

The three works are: “The Road,” a watercolor by Paul Cézanne and with an estimated value between $120,000 and $160,000 dollars; “Portrait of a Woman,” an oil painting by Auguste Renoir, estimated at around $500,000 and $700,000 dollars; “The Call,” by Gauguin with an estimated value between $150,000 and $200,000 dollars.

The 16 works were stolen from the Museo deBellas Artes on the night of December 25, 1980 and were valued by Christie’s for $2.8 million dollars. The works were part of the Mercedes Santamarina Collection, whose brother was a local collector. Works by Cézanne, Degas and Matisse are still missing.

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