The finds claimed in the Picasso work "Tête d 'Arlequin" in Romania received headlines. The painting was stolen in 2012 during the spectacular burglary of Rotterdam and Kunsthalle. In the three years of robbery the "robbery of the century" robbed a Romanian gang of seven works of art worth 18 million euros, in addition to Picasso also works by Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin.
The perpetrators could be caught later, sentenced to several years in prison. The works, however, remained lost. They may have been destroyed after no buyer was found.
A few days ago, Dutch author Feticu, who wrote a book about the theft of art, received an anonymous message, as she told AFP. Thus, the Picasso plant, valued at 800,000 euros, is buried in a forest in eastern Romania. The alleged Picasso was finally found on Saturday night.
The Romanian prosecutor in charge stated that this could be "Tête d 'Arlequin". However, this has not been made clear at last. Experts need to check the authenticity of the work.
However, art expert Peter van Varen very quickly expressed doubts about the authenticity of the painting. "The lines, the colors, the details do not fit," he said after watching the NOS transmitter. "From what I see, I think it's a fake."
The Romanian-born writer Feticu finally told NOS that she received an e-mail from the Belgian directors Eve Degryse and Bart Baele, where she learned about the joke. The Romanian prosecutor's office determined, upon request, that at first she could not say whether it was a joke or not.