Dec 13, 2014
By Bob Sheppard
An Italian man who bought a painting at a railway lost-and-found auction for a few dollars in 1975, will be able to keep it. It’s now worth 40-million dollars.
An Italian court ruled that the man can keep the artwork by French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin, even though it was stolen in 1970 from an heiress to the Marks and Spencer department store empire and her American husband.
Both are dead, and they have no heirs.
The man who bought the painting has spent a lifetime working nightshifts in a Fiat car factory.