Thirty years ago, a New York apartment was stolen from the Marc Chagall painting that is now being returned to the property owners of the former owners – the BBC news portal quoted the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Marc de Chagall (1887-1985), a French painter, Othello and Desdemona, made in 1911, were taken away by a dozen other artworks and jewels from the Heller married couple’s apartment. In the picture, the character of the Shakespeare drama holds a sword in his hand and looks at his wife on the bed.
The Chagall painting came out last year, was offered for sale at a Washington-based gallery, but it said twice for the purchase. He advised the seller to prove that he was legally in possession of it.
“From this point on,” said Marc Hess, a member of the FBI Criminal Investigation Team.
The Maryland man who tried to sell had stored the work for a decade in the attic from a door frame and a plywood box, “said Hess.
The picture was shot in the late 1980s or early 1990s by another man who was suspected of being shot from an apartment in Manhattan’s Upper East Side quarter – read in the petitions filed on Thursday.
The Heller couple’s apartment was decorated with Renoir, Picasso and Hopper images. He was a jewelery giant, died in 1998, his wife in 2003.
The Maryland man tried to sell the Chagall image twice in 2011 and 2017, but the gallery owner who did not get it without documents eventually reported the matter to the FBI.
“Well-documented and well-known works of art after being stolen are very difficult to launch,” said Tim Carpenter FBI Investigator.
On Thursday, the prosecutor asked the court to hand over the image to the trustee of the family who then makes the auction. The proceeds will be backed by the anti-theft insurer and the trustee will be sponsored by charity organizations.
A thief and an orgasm can no longer be punished, while sin is time-barred. “The man we suspected of being stolen was kidnapped by other forensics,” the FBI said.
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