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Did a Mom Torch Works by Picasso and Monet to Protect Her Art Thief Son?

Works by Matisse, Picasso and Monet Feared Burned by Art Thief's Mother

Originally posted 07/19/2013 07:30PM

It may be a case of art to ashes – and scientists are trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.

A Romanian museum official said Wednesday that ash from the oven of a woman whose son is charged with stealing seven multimillion-dollar paintings – including a Matisse, a Picasso and a Monet – contains paint, canvas and nails.

The finding is evidence that Olga Dogaru may have been telling the truth when she claimed to have burned the paintings, which were taken from a Dutch museum last year in a daring daylight heist.

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Britney Buys Parisian Street Scene Painting ... on the Streets of L.A. | Britney Spears

Britney Spears Buys Parisian Street Scene Oil Painting in an L.A. Parking Lot

Originally posted 03/11/2013 02:45PM

Chic ... or cheesy?

After visiting a Target in Westlake, Calif., Britney Spears was apparently feeling très artistic.

On Saturday, the pop star, 31, popped by an artist's roadside shop in the Target parking lot, the Daily Mail reports.

Dressed in a purple sweatshirt, blue sweatpants and sneakers, Spears clutched a coffee cup as she spoke at length with the artist about his work. After perusing the paintings – which were set up just a few feet away from a Party City – she ultimately picked up a large oil painting depicting a Parisian street scene.

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