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Buyer of Stolen Pissarro Work Suffers Hefty Loss – NYTimes.com

Camille Pissarro, Children on a Farm, 1887

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Sharyl Davis thought she was in luck 25 years ago when she bought a charming market scene by the Impressionist Camille Pissarro from a San Antonio art gallery for $8,500. But since 2003, when she took the print to Sotheby’s to sell, her luck has been running the other way. The unknowing buyer of a stolen Pissarro, “Le Marché,” will not be compensated. As it turns out, 30 years ago the French police reported the work stolen from a museum in Aix-les-Bains. After Ms. Davis tried to sell the print, the United States government seized it as contraband.

Last year a French museum guard with an ostensibly remarkable memory said she recognized the man who consigned the work to the Texas gallery as the thief who had passed by her in 1981 on the day the print was stolen. And then last week a federal appeals court rejected Ms. Davis’s claim that, because she was an innocent owner, she should not have to forfeit the print.

via Buyer of Stolen Pissarro Work Suffers Hefty Loss – NYTimes.com.

Strange Random Thief Quote:

“A man who has nothing can whistle in a robber’s face” – Juvenal

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