Bologna, Italy: When the Bolognesese artist Luca Cattani had a piece of art become an international hit, he did not know it would be a crime to steal the work, Italian police have revealed.
The artist was arrested on February 15, 2018 on charges of fraudulently obtaining money, while he was living in Paris.
A few weeks earlier, Cattanani had sold his work for 1.5 million euros to a Dutch artist who had painted it in a style reminiscent of the Italian city of Bolognano.
The artworks, titled A Dandelion, are believed to be Cattanei’s work for a mural in the town of Algeciras.
Police in Bologno found that Cattano had purchased a painting entitled A Dela, which was sold for 1,000 euros at the Art Museum in Florence in September 2017.
The painting was stolen from Cattany’s apartment and later sold for $10,000 at a gallery in Brescia.
The painting had been stolen before from a gallery near Bolognos.
But the theft of Cattanes work from Algecos was not the only theft that had occurred in the past two years.
On January 11, a painting by the Italian artist Sergio Cattanni was stolen at a shop in Brest, and it was sold at auction for a mere $15,000.
Cattanian has not been charged.
However, he had not been arrested and had no prior criminal record.
In the end, Caccani’s painting became a global sensation.
In October 2018, the International Museum of Modern Art in Milan announced that Caccanani’s work would be among the 100 works on display there.
The works were displayed in three different locations, including in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.