Argentine police recovers stolen French artwork

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Police on Wednesday said they recovered four paintings by 19th-century born French artists that had been stolen from an Argentine collector in 1999.

The paintings are "La maison de Yerres" by Claude Monet (1840-1926), "Nu dans un atelier d'ami" by Albert Marquet (1875-1947), "Gelee blanche en Ile de France" by Jean-Baptiste Guillaumin (1841-1927), and "Antibes les fortifications," by Eugene Boudin (1824-1898).

The artwork was recovered from a building in Avellaneda, on the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, the Interpol department of the Argentine Federal Police said in a statement.

The paintings were in the Interpol data bank of stolen art, making it difficult to sell in the open market, the statement said.

The artwork has a market values of "several million," an Interpol source told AFP, refusing to give more details on the value or the rescue operation.

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