Stolen Art Found in Parking Lot

4 paintings snatched from Swiss museum recovered
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2008 6:55 AM CST
The building holding of the collection of E. G. Buehrle, in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. Paintings by some of the world's most famous artists, worth more than US$100 million, have been...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The four 19th-century paintings stolen from a Swiss museum have reportedly been found in an unlocked car parked outside a Zurich psychiatric hospital. Although police have not yet confirmed the find, Swiss media are reporting that the $168 million worth of loot—one work each by Cézanne, Degas, Monet, and van Gogh—has been recovered. The paintings were stolen by masked gunmen on February 10.

Because of their fame, the works would have been impossible to sell on the open market. Moreover, police presume that the paintings were not stolen to order, since the four canvases hung next to each other at the Emile Bührle Foundation, a private museum on the shore of Lake Zurich. One of the snatched works, Cézanne's Boy in the Red Vest, was the museum's most valuable piece.