31 Dec 2010

Cézanne's Bouilloire et Fruits

The Cézanne was one of seven paintings stolen from a private residence in Boston in 1978, and recovered as part of the Bakwin Case.

The Cézanne resurfaced in 1999 when a retired lawyer attempted to sell the work using a Swiss lawyer and Panamanian shell company to hide his true identity.  Unable to sell the work the lawyer attempted to extort money from the theft victim who appointed the ALR to recover all seven works on his behalf.

In 1999 after working closely with the FBI and Swiss Police the ALR recovered the Cézanne which was subsequently sold for $29.3million. Over the next ten years the ALR recovered the six remaining works, the last of which was returned to the theft victim in 2010.