€280,000 Tanguy Saved from Bin

December 14 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

This might rank within the top three most bizarre art stories of the year. A German Police Inspector (pictured) has managed to rediscover a €280,000 painting by surrealist Yves Tanguy in a recycling bin in Düsseldorf Airport. It seems the painting was forgotten by a passenger who was boarding a plane to Tel Aviv. The work was contained within a cardboard box and was seemingly disposed of in the recycling. One arriving in Israel, the owner made a desperate attempt to contact the German airport, where the painting was later rediscovered in the airport's bins.

The German Police are quoted:

"This was definitely one of our happiest stories this year," police spokesman Andre Hartwig told the Associated Press. "It was real detective work."

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