May 2 (UPI) — A dealer “forgot” a painting worth $1.6 million in a taxi in Paris, but it was returned five days later, police said.
The unidentified man had taken a call on his cellphone and left the picture in the cab’s trunk en route to a modern art gallery in Paris, the Le Parisien newspaper reported.
He was unable to find the taxi he used and filed a police report Saturday.
“He forgot the painting in the trunk,” according to the police report obtained by rfi, a French current affairs radio station
The driver returned the work Tuesday.
The painting is by Argentina-born Italian artist Lucio Fontana from the series “Concetto spaziale” (Spatial concept) in 1965. The work features the piercing of the canvas to create an actual dimension of space and light. Fontana became known for founding the spacialist movement.
Fontanta died in 1968 at age 68.
He was born in Argentina, the son of Italian immigrants. He moved to in Italy as a child but but returned to Argentina in 1940.