FBI Art Crime Team Recovers Painting Stolen 30 Years Ago

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A painting stolen 30 years ago was recovered this month.  The original piece of artwork titled Othello and Desdemona, by Marc Chagall, dates back to 1911.  It was stolen from an Upper East Side apartment in New York in 1988.  The owners of the artwork were philanthropists in the art world, as well as collectors, and also owned original artwork by Picasso.  While it was a robbery that included theft of jewelry and other items, it is unknown if this particular piece was singled out over the other works of art.  The finding was the result of a failed sell on the black-market that was subsequently reported to the FBI.  That is how the piece was discovered.  Apparently, there is an actual FBI Art Crime Team.  Nevertheless, the value of the painting is said to be $600,000.  It will be sold with the proceeds going to charity.

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