Stove ashes probed for traces of stolen Picasso, Matisse, Monet works
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By Saskya Vandoorne, Laura Smith-Spark and Liliana Ciobanu, CNN
July 19, 2013 -- Updated 2128 GMT (0528 HKT)
(CNN) -- Ashes found in the stove of a Romanian home have become the focus of investigations into the theft of seven valuable paintings by artists including Picasso, Matisse and Monet -- amid fears they may have gone up in smoke. Experts from Romania's National History Museum have been analyzing the ashes for traces of paint and other chemicals that would confirm whether the works stolen last year from a Dutch museum have been destroyed. The ashes come from the stove of one of the people indicted in the case, Ernest Oberlander-Tarnoveanu, general director of Romania's National History Museum said Thursday. Read more...

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