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Stolen painting returned to Zurich

Paul Cézanne's painting "The Boy in the Red Vest" worth some 100 million euros was stolen by Serbian citizens Epa/Stapo Zürich/Bührle Collection

The Cézanne oil painting seized in Serbia earlier this month is now back in Zurich.

“The Boy in the Red Vest” by French Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne was among four works stolen from the Bührle collection four years ago.

A spokeswoman for the Zurich Prosecutor’s Office confirmed its return on Tuesday, but declined to tell the Swiss News Agency where the painting was being held at the moment.

It is expected that there will be a press conference presenting the masterpiece on Wednesday. Valued at SFr100 million ($109.6 million), the painting disappeared after a brazen heist in 2008.

Soon after the robbery, Claude Monet’s “Poppy field at Vetheuil” and Vincent van Gogh’s “Blooming Chestnut Branches” were discovered in a car parked at a mental hospital in Zurich.
The other painting still missing is Edgar Degas’s “Ludovic Lepic and his Daughter”, which is worth about SFr10 million.

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