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Monet and van Gogh art seized in 'Wolf of Wall Street' probe

Local News // July 25, 2016
Monet and van Gogh art seized in 'Wolf of Wall Street' probe

Three paintings by Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh have been seized by Swiss authorities as part of an investigation into the Malaysian wealth fund linked to the producer of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

The U.S. requested the move, after announcing last week it would try to recover over $1 billion that they say was stolen from 1MDB by people close to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

US federal officials say the diverted funds paid for luxury U.S. properties, a $35 million jet, artworks, and helped finance the Hollywood film.

Van Gogh's La Maison de Vincent a Arles and Saint-Georges Majeur and Monet's Nympheas avec Reflets de Hautes Herbes were all confiscated.

Christie's website says La Maison de Vincent a Arles sold for nearly $5.5 million at a New York auction in November 2013

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