Were art heist paintings burnt in a Romanian oven?
Fragments of a missing art collection worth more than £100 million may have been found in the oven of a Romanian woman.
Some paint pigments containing chemicals from colours often used in the 19th and 20th century were recovered from the stove of Olga Dogaru – the mother of a man charged with stealing seven paintings in the Netherlands.
The theft was one of the art world's most dramatic in recent years and one of the biggest ever to take place in Holland.
Forensic scientists from Romania's National History Museum examined ash from the stove and were saddened to learn the fragments may point to the haul which includes works by Matisse, Picasso and Monet.
Initially, Mrs Dogaru admitted she buried the art and dug them up a month later before burning them when detectives began searching the village – but recently changed her story.
According to the Daily Mail, prosecution spokesman Gabriela Chiru said the authorities did not necessarily believe Mrs Dogaru's claims and added that it could be months before test results are conclusive.
The seven paintings stolen were Monet’s Waterloo Bridge and Charing Cross Bridge (both 1901), Picasso’s Harlequin Head (1971), Matisse’s Reading Girl In White And Yellow (1919), Lucian Freud’s Woman With Eyes Closed (2002), Gauguin’s Girl in Front of Open Window (1898) and Meyer de Haan’s Autoportrait (1890).