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Stolen Chagall Painting Believed Found in Mail

January 23, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A painting believed to be a Marc Chagall work stolen last year from the Jewish Museum in New York City turned up at a postal installation in Topeka, the FBI said.

Agents said the 8-by-10-inch oil is probably the French-Russian painter's "Study for 'Over Vitebsk,' " valued at about $1 million.

The work was stolen after a party at the museum June 8. A group calling itself the International Committee for Art and Peace later said the painting would be returned only after the Israelis and Palestinians made peace.

The painting is headed to New York for further authentication.

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