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Famous Cubist Painting Goes Missing From American College

The famous "Woman and Child" painting by early 20th-century French Cubist Fernand Leger has gone missing from Wellesley College outside Boston.

Apparently the painting disappeared after the school (which just happens to be Sen. Hillary Clinton's alma mater) lent it to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for a 2006-2007 exhibition. It was returned to the college after the exhibition was over, but was kept in a crate and was subsequently lost or stolen. What's shocking (to me at least) is that the school's president made the announcement this week, and the painting, which had been housed at Wellesley since 1954, reportedly went missing in November.

The relatively small piece — it's about two feet wide — is estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars. While the school officials say they still hope it will be found, reports suggest two other paintings boxed with it have been accounted for.

An earlier Leger painting, "Etude pour La Femme en Bleu," sold for nearly $40 million at auction in New York this year. The school's insurance company is offering a $100,000 reward.

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frogandprince frogandprince 8 years
My friend goes to that college. This amuses me.
iieee_grrl iieee_grrl 8 years
Another news article I saw said it was checked in and visually seen after it arrived back, which means they got it back and then lost it. At least it wasn't lost in shipping so the OKC Museum doesn't have to deal with pointed fingers.
stephley stephley 8 years
Or the person who oversaw sending it back?
stephley stephley 8 years
That's a bad day at work. Can you imagine being the person who had to tell their boss the picture was gone?
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