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Philippines says 146 Marcos paintings missing

Published on Nov 27, 2012 2:12 PM
 

MANILA (AFP) - More than 140 paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh and other masters which were bought with stolen funds by former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos remain missing, the government said on Tuesday.

Mr Marcos distributed his priceless collection of at least 300 artworks to cronies when his regime crumbled in 1986. Only about half have been recovered by Manila, said Mr Andres Bautista, head of the Presidential Commission on Good Government.

"The Marcoses were art aficionados and they spent millions of dollars buying up these paintings," Mr Bautista told AFP.

The 146 paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh and other masters like Renoir, Rembrandt and Cezanne "could be anywhere," he added.

 
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