Tuesday, January 22, 2019

“Stolen” Renoir Finders Not Keepers

image of renoir painting stolen Those who had planned to bid on the infamous flea market Renoir, recently purchased at a West Virginia flea market for $7, will be sorely disappointed, as the auction house has put a hold on its sale. Washington Post reporter Ian Shapira uncovered documents connecting the piece to the Baltimore Museum of Art, which also revealed it had been supposedly stolen from the museum in 1951, according to an internal investigation conducted following Shapira’s sleuthing. In any case, Pierre-August Renoir’s “Paysage Bords de Seine, as it turns out, made its way out of the thief’s hands and into those of The Potomack Co. auction house, where it was appraised at $75,000 to $100,000. At this point, the rest of the auction will continue, but the Renoir painting has been removed from the bidders’ lists. There is still some speculation regarding the initial theft of the piece, as the auction house found no FBI or police theft reports mentioning the piece, only the claims of the museum. This is now being investigated.

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