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A7 in Middle Franconia: You apparently find two valuable oil paintings at the rest stop

2021-06-22T16:47:07.984Z

The police in Cologne are faced with a riddle: How did two valuable paintings end up in a dumpster at a motorway service station?



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"Portrait of a Boy" (left) by Samuel van Hoogstraten and "Self-Portrait as Laughing" by Pietro Bellotti

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Surprising find at a rest area in Middle Franconia: According to the police, a man discovered two oil paintings more than 300 years old in a dumpster on Tuesday.

The 64-year-old had packed the pictures and handed them in to the police in Cologne, the officials said.

The authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia are now trying to solve the art puzzle.

"According to an expert's first assessment, both works are likely to be original works," the investigators said.

One picture ("Portrait of a Boy") comes from the Rembrandt student Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627-1678).

The other, entitled "Self-Portrait Laughing", was painted in 1665 by the Italian artist Pietro Bellotti (1627-1700).

The Cologne police now published photos of the works and asked: "Who knows the paintings shown and / or knows how they got into the dumpster at the service area?"

bbr / dpa

Source: spiegel

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