• Short Summary

    AN "ALI BABA'S CAVE" OF STOLEN ART WORKS VALUED AT GBP800,000 WAS DISCOVERED THIS WEEKEND BY PARIS POLICE IN AN ATTIC OFF THE CHAMPS ELYSEES.

  • Description

    AN "ALI BABA'S CAVE" OF STOLEN ART WORKS VALUED AT GBP800,000 WAS DISCOVERED THIS WEEKEND BY PARIS POLICE IN AN ATTIC OFF THE CHAMPS ELYSEES.THEY HAVE ARRESTED ITS OCCUPANT, 30-YEAR-OLD YUGOSLAV NAMED NICOLAS FRASUNIC, WHO IS SAID TO HAVE ADMITTED A SERIES OF THEFTS WHILE WORKING AS A HOUSE PAINTER.

    THE ART TREASURES - NOW TAKEN TO POLICE HEADQUARTERS FOR A FULL INVENTORY - INCLUDE EIGHT IMPORTANT IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS STOLEN A YEAR AGO FROM THE PARIS HOME OF SENOR CARLOS ARAMAYO, FORMER BOLIVIAN AMBASSADOR, AND INSURED FOR FIVE MILLION FRANCS (GBP357,000).POLICE, WHO SAY FRASUNIC WORKED AS A HOUSE PAINTER FOR SENOR ARAMAYO JUST BEFORE THE THEFT, ARE STILL LOOKING FOR POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICES, INCLUDING A YOUNG BRUNETTE.

    AMONG THE BOOTY WERE 300 18TH CENTURY BOOKS STOLEN FROM A BENEDICTINE ABBEY IN THE WEST OF PARIS.THE AMAZED DETECTIVES ALSO DISCOVERED JEWELS, FURS, SCORES OF SILVER ORNAMENTS, ETCHINGS, OLD ENGRAVINGS, OLD CLOCKS AND EVEN CASES OF CHAMPAGNE.

    MAJOR PAINTINGS RECOVERED INCLUDED FIVE BY RENOIR: "HEAD OF A YOUNG GIRL", "THE BRIDGE AT CHATOU" )WORTH ABOUT GBP100,000), "PORTRAIT OF GABRIELLE", AND TWO STILL LIFES, "APPLES" AND "POMEGRANATES".THERE WAS ALSO ONE OF MONET'S MOST FAMOUS WORKS, "BOATS AT ARGENTEUIL"; PISSARRO'S "THE BINDERS", ONE OF HIS BEST; AND COROT'S PAINTING OF HIS HOUSE AT VILLE D'AVRAY.

    WHEN FIRST QUESTIONED BY POLICE, FRASUNIC SAID: "YES, I HAVE A FEW CHEAP SKETCHES I BOUGHT WITH MY SAYINGS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9QHZ1LAH4QODO4A1LGJWTDUE0
    Media URN:
    VLVA9QHZ1LAH4QODO4A1LGJWTDUE0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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