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Million euro paintings stolen in London in the 1970s have been recovered in Italy

The works are by French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard.

'Deux Femme' by Paul Gauguin sold at auction in 2006 for $19.2 million.
'Deux Femme' by Paul Gauguin sold at auction in 2006 for $19.2 million.
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TWO PAINTINGS BY the French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard, stolen in London in the 1970s, have been recovered in Italy.

The works, thought to be worth millions of euros, were recovered by Italy’s heritage police, who are expected to reveal details of the works and their recovery at a press conference later today.

The police division for the Protection of Cultural Heritage will also unveil an application for mobile telephones and tablets which will “allow citizens to actively collaborate in the search for stolen works of art” by sending in photographs of suspect artworks, it said.

Mariano Mossa, who heads up the heritage police, said in January that “the turnover generated by the illegal sale of works of art comes fourth on a world level behind the sale of weapons, drugs and financial products”.

Italy has the largest data bank on stolen art in the world, with details on some 5.7 million objects.

© – AFP 2014

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