Factory worker owned stolen Gauguin for decades
April 3 , 2014
A factory worker bought two decent looking paintings for $30 back in 1975 after they had been abandoned on a train.
However, the Fiat worker didn't realize that he was the owner of a Paul Gauguin 'Fruits sue une Table ou Nature au Petit Chien,' which is worth up to $42M today.
The paintings were stolen in London and the thieves might have left them on a train due to a border check. The buyer hung them in his house for decades until his son realized that the image was similar to a painting he stumbled upon in a book. They informed the police and the authorities are now trying to determine who should own the paintings.