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Zurich misplaces more than 5,000 works of art

Published on Dec 11, 2012 6:08 AM

GENEVA (AFP) - Switzerland's largest city Zurich acknowledged on Monday it had lost trace of 5,176 works of art, including an original painting by Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier.

The city had carried out its first full inventory of its vast collection of 35,000 pieces in nearly a century, only to discover that nearly 15 per cent were missing, including nearly 1,400 original works, it said in a statement.

It stressed though that it expected to find most of the missing artwork.

"The collection moves about," Mr Urs Spinner, a spokesman for Zurich's construction department, told the ATS news agency, pointing out that the city's art was spread across more than 500 locations, including schools, hospitals and offices.

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