October 31, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - Police have located a 1951 theft report from the Baltimore Museum of Art of a Renoir painting matching the description of one that turned up recently at a West Virginia flea market.
The report from Nov. 17, 1951, was uncovered Friday. It says there was no evidence of forced entry at the museum. The painting was valued then at $2,500.
A Virginia woman bought the painting for $7 at the flea market in 2010. It was expected to fetch $75,000 at a now-postponed auction.
Museum officials were combing through paper records to learn more about the theft. So far, they have found a record documenting the painting was on loan from art patron Saidie A. May.
Before the police report, it was the only record of the painting being stolen.