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The Picasso image found in Romania was fake, it was a joke


The help finding leaflet for the image stolen as part of the True Copy project, had to dedicate to a known counterfeit.

19 Nov 2018 at 6:38 am TASR

Haag. Two women discovered painted Pablo Pisacca, Tete Arlequin (Head of Harlequin) in Romania, taken in 2012 from the Kunsthal Gallery in Rotterdam, has suffered a joke from two Belgian directors.

AFP reported Sunday night, referring to the Dutch NOS public television.

Leaflet with instructions for finding work

About ten days ago an unknown letter was sent to Mira Feticu, an author of Romanian roots, who wrote a novel inspired by robbery in Rotterdam.

He was written in Romanian and included a description of the place where Picasso's work was to be brought, Feticu told AFP.

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The author's instructions were made to the forest in eastern Romania, where the picture was buried in the country.

The Roman Inquiry into Organized Crime and Trustee (DIICOT), who had a canvas on Saturday, announced on Sunday that "Pisa" from Tete Arlequin, whose estimated cost is 800,000 euros, could have been "can be". Its validity is checked by experts, added the Faculty.

Belgian directors project

On Sunday, however, Feticu told NOS that two Belgian directors were fired from it.

He was sent an email explaining that the guidance leaflet was part of the True Copy project, dedicated to the well-known Dutch geologists Geert Jansen, whose "work" drives art collections in Europe and beyond.

Their production company has been thinking about the whole issue in the next few days.

The perpetrators destroyed the paintings

In connection with the Harlequin Chapter robbery and six other valuable paintings from the Kunsthal Gallery in Rotterdam, four Romans were sentenced in 2014. The court ordered them to pay 18 million euros.

The mother of one of the people who claimed during the trial claimed that she had decided to burn the work to destroy the evidence and protect her son. Later, however, he appealed to his statement.

Researchers have claimed that they have destroyed images of thieves after they have failed to find a buyer.

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