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July 6, 1988 | ROBERT A. JONES, Times Staff Writer
In the beginning, the FBI believed that it was investigating a routine case of art theft. One of Carmel's largest art galleries had reported several paintings missing from its walls, and two agents arrived to take a report. They debriefed the staff and then segued to the showroom filled with thundering seascapes and bucolic scenes of French villages. That's when the surprises began.
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July 6, 1988 | ROBERT A. JONES, Times Staff Writer
In the beginning, the FBI believed that it was investigating a routine case of art theft. One of Carmel's largest art galleries had reported several paintings missing from its walls, and two agents arrived to take a report. They debriefed the staff and then segued to the showroom filled with thundering seascapes and bucolic scenes of French villages. That's when the surprises began.
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August 6, 1988 | ROBERT A. JONES, Times Staff Writer
A stooped, grandfatherly man walked slowly into a packed press conference here Friday and announced that he was the French painter Paul Valere, the artist whose very existence has been questioned by the FBI. "I am here," the elderly artist said, summing up what he and his gallery hope will be the last chapter in a remarkable tale that started as a simple art theft and blossomed into accusations of international art fraud.
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