Paris art dealer forgets €1.5m picture in taxi

  • 2 May 2017
  • From the section Europe

One of Fontana's Concetto spaziale seriesImage copyright
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One of Fontana’s Concetto Spaziale series of pictures seen at auction in London in 2012

A French art dealer has complained of theft after forgetting a picture worth €1.5m ($1.6m; £1.25m) in a taxi.

The dealer, who has not been identified by police, hailed the taxi last Thursday and put the work in the boot.

But he became distracted by a call on her mobile and only noticed he no longer had the picture the next day.

The work is Concetto Spaziale (Spatial concept) by Argentina-born Italian sculptor and painter Lucio Fontana, who died in 1968.

The dealer had been making his way to a modern art gallery in Paris’s third arrondissement.

He tried to locate the taxi he had used but was unsuccessful and on Saturday went to police, who are investigating, Le Parisien newspaper reported.

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Fontana’s picture is is one of a series of abstracts he made featuring the piercing of the canvas to create an actual dimension of space and using light.

The artist became known for founding the spacialist movement, which called for the art world to embrace science and technology, according to the Tate Gallery.

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