Stolen artworks come back from the dead in Hollywood

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Stolen artworks come back from the dead in Hollywood

Recovered treasure trove includes works by Picasso and Mirò, and letters signed by two US presidents

Rozina Sabur

It was a call the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) had been awaiting for 25 years. An auctioneer from Southern California contacted detectives to say he recognised pictures of stolen items listed on the department’s website; they were works of art hanging in his gallery.

The items in question were stolen from Hollywood's wealthy residents during a spate of burglaries in 1993. While the LAPD had apprehended two suspects after an international investigation, the stolen items appeared to have disappeared without a trace.

The treasure trove included paintings by Pablo Picasso and his contemporary Joan Mirò, as well as antiques such as documents signed by former US presidents Ronald Reagan and Howard Taft...

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