Brazilian Police Discover $59.1 M. Stolen Painting Beneath Bed Amid Sprawling Investigation
The do Amaral painting is said to be worth 300 million reias, or $59.1 million. It is one of 16 paintings that police said were pilfered during an operation that ultimately involved 709 million reias ($139 million) worth of art, not counting the jewelry and cash that were also stolen.
According to local police statements, the theft was the result of an extended con masterminded by the daughter of a woman in Rio de Janeiro. Infobae identified the mother as Genevieve Boghici, an 82-year-old woman that was once married to Jean Boghici, a late Brazilian dealer who amassed a significant collection.
Using a clairvoyant, the daughter, who was not named, allegedly made Boghici believe she was sick and compelled her to make a series of payments during the course of a kind of spiritual work treatment involving a purported Afro-Brazilian priestess, police said.
Police said that Boghici eventually became suspicious of their ruse, and when she tried to stop making payments, she was confined to her home, threatened, beaten, and ultimately robbed. While Boghici was out of the house, her daughter allegedly relied on the help of accomplices to steal the paintings. Police claimed that the daughter had fired domestic workers in order to ensure that the heist would be possible.
My grandkid can do a better one. Where's the phone number for Christie's?
Let me know when someones willing to pay $50 million for your grandkids picture
Thats the test
There was a photo on DU of a modern art painting with value estimated at a couple,a $m.
I honked on it and got blowback from the resident art critics , I didnt appreciate culture, dont know what Im talking
Me: if it didnt have xs name on it, would you pay $50.00 to buy it and hang in your living room?
Art Critic: (crickets)
The stolen painting is one of several images included, so I assume that the theft happened after that. This painting and another that they show are listed as being from a "Private collection"; the others were safe in museum collections. I don't particularly like the paintings of humans, but I like some of the others. (They were painted much earlier than you might think when looking at them.)
They note that her 'work inspired a Brazilian art movement called "anthropofagia," or cannibalism'.
Tarsila and the birth of Brazilian Modern Art
Glad they caught the crook-daughter. So much for filial piety!