Authentic Gauguin Bought or $35 dollars!

From the New York Times

2 April 2014

Two Stolen Paintings Are Found in Italy

by  Rachel Donadio

In 1975, a factory worker at Fiat, the Italian car maker, bought two colorful paintings for about $70 at an auction in Turin of objects left unclaimed by train passengers.

For years, they hung on his kitchen wall. One was a still life with fruit and a small dog, the other showed a woman in white seated in a verdant garden.

Then, last summer, the man’s son, an architecture student, was looking through a book of paintings by Paul Gauguin and saw a familiar image: a still life with a dog. The family called in experts, who contacted the Italian police. On Wednesday, the police said that the paintings were, in fact, a still life by Gauguin from 1889 and “Woman With Two Chairs” by Pierre Bonnard, both of which had been reported stolen from a London home in 1970.

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