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How Stolen Gauguin, Bonnard Ended Up on Auto Worker’s Kitchen Wall

The painting could be worth $14 million to $40 million


A retired autoworker in Sicily recently discovered that the painting hanging in his kitchen is a stolen Paul Gauguin piece.

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The stolen Gauguin –titled Fruit on a Table with a Small Dog— went missing in 1970 after it was stolen from a London family’s art collection, the Assocaited Press notes.

The stolen Gauguin was taken by several men that infiltrated the London home under the guise of police officers and burglar alarm mechanics, reports The New York Daily News.

The stolen Gauguin was discovered by officials on a train and was put in the lost and found. After sitting around for a few years, the painting was put up in an auction of unclaimed items in 1975. The autoworker bought the panting and another less valuable work by Pierre Bonnard for $100, reports the Associated Press.

The autoworker had the painting examined after his son noticed the dog in the corner of the picture and remembered that Gauguin often put them in his work. The stolen Gauguin was estimated to be worth anywhere from $14 million to $40 million. The man may be allowed to keep the painting if he can prove he bought it without knowing its true value, the Associated Press notes.

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