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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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