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Two famous works of art by Andy Warhol have vanished while on loan from a modern art museum in Eastern Europe.

And the artworks, lost since March this year, have been called "irreplaceable" by the museum which loaned them out in the first place.

One of the artworks is the famed Campbell’s Soup Can and the other is one of his well-regarded Marilyn Monroe images.

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Five paintings missing since World War II are being returned to collections in Germany at the behest of the heirs of their American acquirers.

The paintings, including three won by an American GI in a poker game, were turned over to the German government on Tuesday. Their return was organized by the State Department and the Monuments Men Foundation, which promotes the work of those who protected cultural works during the war and seeks to track down and repatriate objects that went missing.

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A painting by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres has been found in the French province of Jura completely by chance, Le Monde reports.

The piece is only the latest in a spate of "lost" masterpieces that have turned up in recent months sometimes to huge auction success.

The discovery was made during an inventory conducted by Emmanuel Buselin, curator and advisor of historical monuments of the region, in the attic of the chapel of the former hospital Hôtel-Dieu, located in the town of Lons-le-Saunier.

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If not for the presence of the Carabinieri and its appearance in the Tribune de Geneve, this report of a Leonardo work missing for centuries that traded hands privately for “several hundreds million of Euros” would seem like a plot point from a poorly written thriller:

The financial Pesaro Brigade (East Central) and Carabinieri specialized in the theft of works of art of Ancona (center-east), announced that they had seized a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, disappeared for centuries, and recently sold for several hundred million euros.

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A long-lost painting by the Spanish Baroque artist Sebastián de Llanos Valdés, which was missing for over 70 years, has been discovered in the UK, after an unidentified individual tried to consign "Penitent Maria Magdalena" to Christie's, according to a DPA report. However, the Staatliche Museum Schwerin, which owns the painting, had previously entered the artwork into Germany's centralized "Lost Art" database for stolen artworks. Since the attempted sale the museum and auction house were able to negotiate the work's return; with the individual who found and consigned the Valdés reportedly being offered a reward by way of compensation.

The artist was born in Seville, and was a pupil of Francisco Herrera the Elder, he worked chiefly for private patrons. In 1660, the artist actively supported Bartolomé Esteban Murillo in founding the Academia de Bellas Artes (Academy of Art), afterwards making frequent donations of oil and other materials for the students' use.

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The insurance company Lloyd's has claimed in court that it won't pay for an insured Edgar Degas sculpture, purported to be worth $3 million, which disappeared in shady circumstances, "Daily News" reports.

“The claim of the loss of Degas bronze results from theft or dishonesty by a person to whom the insured property was entrusted," the insurance giant said in a Manhattan Supreme Court complaint. “Accordingly, the [Degas bronze] claim falls within exclusion of the policy."

Although the insurance policy covered losses until August 2014, exclusions applied in cases of “mysterious disappearance or unexplained loss," which seem to fit the description of the circumstances in which Degas' "La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans" vanished.

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A painting of the French king Henri III (1551-89) that disappeared from the Louvre during the Second World War turned up at a Paris auction last week. The work was found by a curator at the Château de Blois thanks to an internet search alert, and will soon return to the Louvre.

The small portrait depicting Henri III at prayer, estimated at €400-€600, was due to be sold on Friday, 17 October, in an auction of antique paintings, furniture and art objects held by Ader-Nordmann at the Hôtel Drouot.

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Precious crockery from the Élysée Palace, home to the French president, has turned up on eBay, Le Figaro reports. The publication claims that a military attaché who served during the 1950s got into the habit of giving manufacture de Sèvres plates away as presents.

The embarrassing revelation comes after the Court of Auditors declared 32 artworks and 625 pieces of furniture missing from the presidential residences: the Élysée Palace, the Versailles hunting lodge La Lanterne, and the Fort de Brégançon on the French Riviera, which is soon to be turned into a national monument.

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Spain’s Museo del Prado has lost 885 artworks, according to El Pais. The newspaper, citing a report by Spain’s Audit Court, claims that the Madrid-based institution was missing 926 works at one point, 41 having been found between 2008 and 2012. Those works had been misplaced during a restructuring period of the country’s national collections held at the Prado and the Reina Sofia museum of contemporary art.

In their report, the court cites, “Lack of sufficient human resources,” as the culprit behind the missing artworks. They have demanded an internal review and continued searches within the museum’s collections and its lending history to identify the whereabouts of the missing art.

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The National Gallery (NG) in Prague today put on display Gustav Klimt’s painting "Lady with a Muff" from 1916–17, considered missing for decades.

The painting was borrowed from a private Czech collection in which it has been since the early 1930s.

"Lady with a Muff" will feature alongside another two paintings by Klimt (1862–1918) in the NG for a period of time.

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