Stolen paintings by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard hung on an Italian factory worker’s kitchen wall for almost 40 years, police have revealed.
Now worth at least 10.6 million euros (US$14.6 million), they were stolen from a collector’s London home in 1970 and left on a train in Italy.
At a lost-property auction in 1975, the unsuspecting Fiat worker paid 45,000 Italian lire (US$32) for them.
He hung them in his Turin home before taking them to Sicily when he retired.
The worker only grew suspicious about their origins when his son saw another Gauguin in a book and noticed similarities with the painting in his father’s kitchen.
According to a New York Times report published in June 1970, the two pieces were stolen from a property by Regent’s Park in London by three men posing as burglar alarm engineers.
The men asked the housekeeper to make them a cup of tea. By the time she returned, the paintings had been taken from their frames and the men had made their escape.
1. unsuspecting adj.
不疑有他的 (bu4 yi2 you3 ta1 de5)
例: Numerous pitfalls await unsuspecting investors.
2. pose as v. phr.
做出...的姿態；裝成... (zuo4 chu1 … de5 zi1 tai4; zhuang1 cheng2 …)
例: The reporter entered the country posing as a tourist.
3. burglar n.
盜賊 (dao4 zei2)
例: The burglar alarm is activated by movement.