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Heist 2 Arrested Over Stolen Matisse Painting Sofia Imber Contemporary Art Museum / AP Photo

2 Arrested Over Stolen Matisse Painting

Two people were arrested in Miami Beach after being caught trying to sell a Henri Matisse painting that had been stolen from a museum in Venezuela. The painting, “Odalisque in Red Pants,” had been stolen from the Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art in December 2002. Pedro Antonio Marcuello Guzman and Maria Martha Elisa Ornelas Lazo were arrested Tuesday after attempting to sell the painting to undercover agents. Marcuello had allegedly told the agents that he knew the painting was stolen and that he would sell it for $740,000.

July 18, 2012 8:56 PM