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Italian retiree 'happy' to have lived with stolen Gauguin & Bonnard paintings

Published on Apr 3, 2014 7:49 PM

ROME (AFP) - The retired autoworker who unknowingly bought stolen paintings worth millions of euros by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard and hung them in his kitchen for 40 years said he was "proud" of his taste in art.

"As a simple factory worker, I am proud of having been able to appreciate and buy two masterpieces even though I did not know what they were," the 70-year-old Italian man was quoted by the La Stampa daily as saying on Thursday.

"What makes me most happy is having had the pleasure of living with them for so long," the pensioner was quoted as saying.

He said he wished to remain anonymous out of concern "because of the amount of money involved",

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