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Recovered Matisse artwork shown in Venezuela after mystery theft

Published on Jul 23, 2014 7:45 PM
Authorities show the box containing a painting of French master Henri Matisse, known as Odalisque In Red Pants (Odalisque a la Culotte Rouge), to the media at Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas on July 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CARACAS (AFP) - A painting by Henri Matisse stolen more than a decade ago in Caracas and later recovered in a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting is on display again in the Venezuelan capital.

The Odalisque In Red Pants, worth around US$3 million (S$3.7 million), was exhibited on Tuesday for the first time in more than a decade at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

It had been replaced with a fake sometime between 1999 and 2002 and it was only in 2003 that Venezuelan authorities realised the original had been stolen.

The artwork was recovered in Miami Beach in 2012 in an FBI undercover operation.

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