MIAMI (AP) — A prominent art dealer has discovered that nearly 100 works of Cuban art that appear to have been stolen from the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana has turned up in Miami.
Gallery owner Ramon Cernuda said Friday that he bought a painting two weeks ago by Cuban artist Eduardo Abela from another local gallery and discovered the Cuban museum owned the work. The museum confirmed the painting was missing from its warehouse.
Cernuda then went back to the same Miami gallery and saw ten works by Cuban artist Leopooldo Romanach. Those also turned out to be missing from the Cuban museum's warehouse. The museum confirmed the theft in a statement Friday.
Cernuda said he was suspicious because the Romanach paintings had been cut from their stretchers, something only someone in a hurry would do.
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