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Italy: 'Stolen' Klimt painting apparently found inside Italian gallery's walls

Italy, Piacenza
December 11, 2019 at 09:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Gustav Klimt painting titled 'Portrait of a Lady' presumed stolen from Piacenza's Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery in 1997 has reportedly been found inside the gallery's walls, as seen in footage released on Wednesday.

A gardener at the art gallery told Italian state TV on Tuesday that he was clearing ivy when he found a bag containing the painting inside a space within the walls.

Footage shows the painting, one of the most sought-after stolen works in the world, being guarded by security personnel.

Further analysis is underway to certify the authenticity of the work.

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A Gustav Klimt painting titled 'Portrait of a Lady' presumed stolen from Piacenza's Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery in 1997 has reportedly been found inside the gallery's walls, as seen in footage released on Wednesday.

A gardener at the art gallery told Italian state TV on Tuesday that he was clearing ivy when he found a bag containing the painting inside a space within the walls.

Footage shows the painting, one of the most sought-after stolen works in the world, being guarded by security personnel.

Further analysis is underway to certify the authenticity of the work.

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