FBI Busts 2 Selling $3M Stolen Matisse
Masterpiece had been missing for a decade
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2012 1:57 AM CDT
Updated Jul 19, 2012 2:17 AM CDT
Thieves replaced "Odalisque in Red Pants" with a forgery in 2002.   (National Stolen Art File)

(Newser) – A decade after it was stolen, crooks thought they had found a buyer for a $3 million Henri Matisse masterpiece. But when they delivered the goods to a Miami Beach location, they were busted by undercover FBI agents, according to officials. Matisse's 1925 "Odalisque in Red Pants" was stolen from a Venezuela museum in 2002 by thieves who replaced it with a forgery. A 46-year-old man from Miami and a 50-year-old Mexican woman have been charged with possessing and transporting the stolen painting, reports the Miami Herald. The pair, who offered the painting to agents for $740,000, face up to 10 years behind bars if found guilty of the theft.

 

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