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ROME -- Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady,” which went missing for nearly 23 years after its theft from an Italian museum, will star in an exhibit about the Austrian artist that is opening this month at a Rome museum.
In December 2019, a gardener at the Piacenza gallery was clearing away ivy when he noticed a small panel door in a wall and opened it. Behind, he found a plastic bag containing what was later authenticated as the stolen Klimt.
The painting depicts a young woman sensually glancing over her shoulder against a dreamy, moss green background. Klimt completed the portrait in 1917, a year before he died, and the Ricci Oddi Gallery acquired it in 1925.
How, why and just when the portrait wound up stashed behind a gallery wall has been a mystery. It's unclear if it ever left the gallery grounds. One theory holds that whoever stole it might have hidden it there waiting for the news of the sensational theft to quiet down, but for some reason never retrieved it.
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A painting by Vincent van Gogh that was seized by Nazis during World War II is expected to be auctioned off in November for $20 million or more, the Associated Press reported. The auction will take place November 11 at Christie's in New York City, where other pieces from the collection of Edwin L. Cox, a Texas oilman who died last year at the age of 99, will also be up for bid.
originally posted by: TheSpanishArcher
Whatever, I don't get art and the heist's, I think Van Gogh is crap and doesn't deserve any admiration. All that effort to steal something you most likely cant sell.