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Paris art dealer ‘forgot’ 1.5 million-euro picture in a taxi

He hailed a taxi and put the painting in the boot -- but then apparently “forgot” about it, police said in a statement.

world Updated: May 02, 2017 20:19 IST
An employees of Sotherby's auction house studies
An employees of Sotherby's auction house studies "Concetto Spaziale, Attese", by Lucio Fontana during a press preview in London on January 28, 2015, ahead of the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on February 3, 2015.(AFP)

An art dealer in Paris has filed a complaint for theft after forgetting a picture worth 1.5 million euros ($1.64 million) in a taxi, police said Tuesday

The dealer, who was not identified by police, was supposed to meet an art collector in the French capital’s 11th district last Thursday.

He hailed a taxi and put the painting in the boot -- but then apparently “forgot” about it, police said in a statement.

He tried to locate the cab again but by Saturday he filed a complaint of theft with police.

The artwork is by Argentina-born Italian sculptor and painter Lucio Fontana (1899 - 1968), entitled “Concetto spaziale” (Spatial concept), estimated to be worth 1.5 million euros, police said.

The work is one of a series of abstracts he made featuring the piercing of the canvas to create an actual dimension of space and using light. He became known for founding the spacialist movement, according to the Tate museum website.