Stolen Masterpiece Returned By Thieves After No One Would Buy It


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A treasured Rene Magritte painting, stolen by thieves two years ago, has been returned after the criminals found the art work too difficult to sell, reports the Telegraph.The crooks contacted the Magritte Museum in Belgium, almost two years after they stole the work from the establishment at gunpoint. It is understood they could not find a buyer on the black market for the painting estimated to be worth £3.6 million ($5.6 million).

AFP reports that the reason for this was the picture’s fame; it was too recognisable to sell. Painted in 1948, the painting entitled “Olympia” depicts Magritte’s wife, nude with a shell.

According to AFP, the painting was handed back to its insurer without any strings attached. However, the report in the Telegraph says that the insurers had to pay a $96,000 ransom to retrieve the art work.

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