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Serbs Recover Stolen $100M Cezanne

Four busted for 2008 art heist

(Newser) - Police in Serbia have recovered a masterpiece by Paul Cezanne four years after it was stolen from a Swiss museum in one of Europe's biggest-ever art heists. Four men were arrested as they tried to sell Boy in the Red Vest, which was worth more than $100 million when... More »

Cezanne Under Wraps Since 1953 Could Fetch $20M

Rare work was study for artist's Card Players series

(Newser) - A Metropolitan Museum of Art catalog in 2011 listed a 19th-century watercolor Paul Cezanne made as a study for his Card Players series as "whereabouts unknown." No more: The work, which Reuters describes as "rare" and "pristine," was discovered by Christie's as it worked... More »

Qatar Buys Cézanne Painting for Record $250M

It's the most ever paid for an artwork

(Newser) - Qatar's royal family has dropped $250 million on The Card Players, part of a series of classic paintings by Paul Cézanne—more than doubling the previous record sum for an artwork purchase. The sale actually occurred last year in secret, adding a key work to Qatar's collection.... More »

Frenchman to Met: Gimme Back My Cezanne

He claims Bolsheviks stole it from his family in 1918

(Newser) - A Cezanne masterpiece on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art actually belongs to a Frenchman's family, he alleges in a lawsuit. Pierre Konowaloff claims the Bolsheviks looted his grandfather's art collection after the Russian Revolution in 1918, and that "Madame Cezanne in the Conservatory," worth between $50... More »

Italian Cops Seize 19 Hidden Masterpieces

Founder of bankrupt dairy conglomerate stashed them away

(Newser) - Italian tax police seized works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne, and other giants of art in a crackdown on assets hidden by the disgraced founder of the collapsed dairy company Parmalat. Authorities estimated the 19 masterpieces stashed away in attics and basements were valued at $150 million. At least one,... More »

$160M in Art Stolen in Zurich

'Spectacular' heist nets 4 masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, and Cezanne

(Newser) - A gang of armed art thieves absconded with four masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, and Cezanne worth $160 million from a Zurich museum yesterday. The brazen daytime robbery follows a theft of two Picassos in Switzerland just two days earlier. The three masked thieves confronted a guard with guns,... More »

Russia Cancels UK Painting Exhibition

Art reversal is latest salvo in worsening diplomatic tit-for-tat

(Newser) - A major exhibition of Russian-owned art in London was canceled today, the Guardian reports, the latest casualty of cooled relations in the wake of the Alexander Litvinenko affair. More than 100 paintings were to go on exhibition Jan. 26 at London's Royal Academy, but Russian agencies are now refusing the... More »

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