Earlier this year, we reported on an amazing flea market find in West Virginia. A woman claimed to find what was later authenticated as an original Renoir, worth $100,000. While the story made the rounds of national news reports, Washington Post reporter Ian Shapira didn’t quite think the story added up. His investigation revealed that the Renoir had been stolen in 1951 by the mother of the woman claiming the flea market find. In fact, it had been hanging in her home for decades before being passed down to her daughter. The painting was originally purchased by Alphonsine Fournaise Papillon, who is depicted in Luncheon of the Boating Party, and then purchased and eventually loaned to Baltimore Museum of Art by Baltimore collector Saidie May in 1937.
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