Art thieves, beware: Savvy U.K. art sleuth Christopher Marinello is hot on your trail.
Marinello recently recovered a stolen Impressionist painting -- "Le Jardin" by French artist Matisse -- which is valued at nearly $1 million, Reuters reported on Monday. The painting was stolen from Stockholm’s Moderna Museet in 1987 when, in the middle of the night, thieves hacked their way into the museum with a sledgehammer. It was retrieved in London on Thursday.
At the time, the robbery was reported to the Art Loss Register, the world's largest international private database of stolen and missing artwork, as well as to the international police organization Interpol. But to no avail -- the thieves got away with the famed painting.
Twenty-five years later, a British art dealer -- hoping to sell the Matisse on behalf of an elderly client of Polish descent -- checked with the register to make sure all was kosher. That led to its recovery -- though Marinello, an art recovery specialist in London for the register, wouldn’t reveal any additional details.