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Painting is confirmed as stolen Cézanne

Paul Cezanne's painting 'The Boy in the Red Vest' worth some 100 million euros was stolen by Serbian citizens Epa/Stapo Zürich/Bührle Collection

Swiss justice authorities say a painting seized in Serbia has been confirmed as a stolen masterpiece by French Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne.

This content was published on April 12, 2012 - 19:16
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Zurich prosecutors said on Thursday that the Bührle Foundation certified that the painting is Cézanne's “The Boy in the Red Vest”.

The painting was worth SFr100 million ($109.6 million) when it was stolen along with three other works from the private Bührle collection in 2008.

Claude Monet’s “Poppy field at Vetheuil” and Vincent van Gogh’s “Blooming Chestnut Branches” were discovered undamaged in a car parked at a mental hospital in Zurich soon after the robbery. The heist was conducted by three armed and masked men who witnesses said spoke German with a Slavic accent.
 
The other painting still missing is Edgar Degas’s “Ludovic Lepic and his Daughter”, worth about SFr10 million.

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