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Woman Who Found Renoir Painting at Yard Sale for $7 Might Not Be So Lucky After All

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Virginia woman who hit the yard sale equivalent of the jackpot with the $7 purchase of a rare Renoir painting may have gotten more than she bargained for, the Washington Post reports.

A highly publicized auction for the impressionist painting was canceled after new evidence found this week suggests the work was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art decades ago.

The painting is valued at between $75,000 and $100,000, the Post reported.

The Virginia woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, said she didn’t know the painting was valuable until her mother suggested it may be an authentic Renoir, according to the Post.

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Renoir Painting Stolen at Gunpoint Makes FBI’s Top Ten Art Crimes List

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI has added a stolen Renoir painting to its global gallery of most wanted art pieces, the bureau announced Tuesday.

Last year an armed man with a ski mask swiped the painting, “Madeleine Leaning Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair,” from a private Texas home.

“We hope that adding the Renoir to the FBI’s Top Ten list and publicizing the reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the recovery of the painting will prompt someone to come forward,” said Peter Schneider, a sergeant with the Houston Police Department and a member of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force in Houston.

Schneider said the theft is among the most high-profile art heist he’s encountered.

Click here to read the FBI’s press release.