1. Heist

    Flea-Market Renoir: Stolen?

    An art shopper looks closely at a 5.5 inch by 6.6 inch (14 centimeter by 23 centimeter) painting by French Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir September 25, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia. The painting was recently discovered for just a few dollars at a Virgina flea market sale. The canvas which shows a scene along the Seine River titled "Paysage Bords de Seine" is scheduled to be auctioned September 29, 2012 at the Potomack Company, in Alexandria, Virginia, selling for an expected 75,000 to 100,000 USD. It was for sale in a box with a plastic cow and a Paul Bunyan doll  for 50.00 USD and still carries a label from the Berheim-Jeune arthouse in Paris, a famous purveyor of works by Renoir.   AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    What a missed bargain. Earlier this month, an auction house announced its intent to sell what it believed was a tiny Renoir painting bought for $7 at a flea market. Now that auction has been cancelled after investigation revealed that the painting is probably the same one that was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951. Now the FBI is investigating and museum officials are left trying to figure out how the painting didn't make it onto a national registry of stolen and lost art.

    Read it at The Washington Post