Lost painting worth more than a quarter-million dollars found by dumpster
by: Associated Press and Nexstar Media Wire
Posted: Dec 11, 2020 / 6:11 am EST
Updated: December 11, 2020 / 6:11 am EST
In this photo, which was published by the police in Düsseldorf on Thursday, December 10, 2020, chief detective Michael Dietz can be seen with a painting by the French artist Yves Tanguy. A businessman, whose identity was unknown, boarded a flight from Düsseldorf to Tel Aviv on November 27, but forgot the cardboard painting by the French surrealist Yves Tanguy at the check-in counter. When he landed in Israel and contacted the Düsseldorf police, the work of 280,000 euros (US $ 340,000) had disappeared but was later found in a nearby paper garbage can, the Düsseldorf police said. (Police Düsseldorf via AP)
BERLIN (AP) – A surrealist painting worth more than a quarter of a million dollars that a businessman forgot at a German airport was recovered from a nearby recycling dumpster, police said on Thursday.
The businessman, whose identity was not disclosed, accidentally left the painting by French surrealist Yves Tanguy at a check-in counter when boarding a flight from Dusseldorf to Tel Aviv on November 27.
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When he landed in Israel and contacted the police in Düsseldorf, the cardboard-wrapped work of 280,000 euros had disappeared.
Despite several emails with details about the 16 x 24 inch painting, the authorities could not find the artwork, said police spokesman Andre Hartwig.
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It was only after the businessman’s nephew from neighboring Belgium traveled to the airport and spoke directly to the police about further information that an inspector was able to trace the painting back to a paper recycling dumpster used by the airport cleaning company.
“This was definitely one of our happiest stories this year,” said Hartwig. “It was real detective work.”
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