Hundreds of stolen Appels found

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More than 400 stolen works by Dutch artist Karel Appel have been found in a warehouse in Great Britain. His widow Harriet has confirmed that the paintings, drawings and notebooks are genuine. The find was announced by a lawyer working for the Art Loss Register in Britain.

The artworks disappeared in 2002 while they were being moved from Appel’s studio to the Karel Appel Foundation in Amsterdam.

They were discovered when a logistics company bought the warehouse and workmen clearing out the building found eight crates full of art. They were taken to auction house Bonhams which determined they were stolen Appels. The warehouse owner negotiated for five weeks before handing them over. 

Karel Appel died in May 2006 at the age of 85.

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