Georgina Adam’s Financial Times column today opens with the story of a “retired Italian factory worker” who bought two paintings for £20 in 1975 that turned out to be by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard.
Fantastic, right? No. Because:
When a friend of the pensioner tried to sell the paintings last year, it emerged how valuable they were — but also that they had been stolen from the London home of a Marks and Spencer heiress in 1961.
The rediscovery made headlines worldwide when the Italian authorities pronounced the Italian pensioner to be the rightful owner.