Matisse painting seized in Turkey's south: Official

Matisse painting seized in Turkey's south: Official

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Matisse painting seized in Turkeys south: Official

A painting, believed to be made by the famous 20th century French artist Henri Matisse, has been seized in Turkey's southern province of Antalya, a prosecutor said on Nov. 3.

Two people were detained in Antalya's Alanya district as the police seized the painting, which has an estimated value of $12 million, according to Demirören News Agency.

The police raid came after an Iranian citizen filed a criminal complaint against the two suspects whom he accused of taking the painting at gunpoint.

The Iranian citizen also claimed that he had inherited the painting from his grandfather.

The originality of the oil on canvas painting, as well as an accompanying certificate of ownership, will be examined by Turkish experts.

The two suspects were sent to the court on Nov. 3 while two others remained at large.

Matisse painting seized in Turkeys south: Official

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