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Has anybody seen our Leger?

August 28, 2008|From the Associated Press

Wellesley College has lost a 1921 painting by French Cubist Fernand Leger that was likely worth millions of dollars, officials said.

"Woman and Child" had been in the collection of the Massachusetts college's Davis Museum and Cultural Center since 1954. It vanished last year after it was one of 32 works borrowed for an exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday.

Police were told, and the museum's insurer, Travelers Insurance, has paid a claim. Last year, Leger's paintings sold for an average of $2.8 million, and the newspaper quoted an unidentified Travelers official as saying the payout was "in that area."

The museum didn't realize the 21-by-25-inch painting was gone until last November. It was unclear whether the painting was stolen or might have been mistakenly thrown out when packing crates were discarded.

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