Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Through its branch of Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, the portuguese Judiciary Police (Polícia Judiciária) prehended near 130 presumable fake paintings.
Under the name of "Caverna do Tesouro" (Treasure Cave), the operation resulted in the apprehension of works from famous artists such as Chagall, Kandinsky, Matisse, Miro, Modigliani, Monet, Picasso, Vieira da Silva, and even Leonardo da Vinci, among others.
Also found were several supposedly forged certificates of authenticity intended to corroborate the origin of the paintings.
The paintings were found during a house search in the whereabouts of Lisbon (in Cascais, according to sources) and were in possession of a foreign female citizen.
This is the biggest apprehension of counterfeit paintings in Portugal and one of the major ones in Europe, sustaining the belief that Portugal is part of the international route of fake paintings.
Further investigation is being conducted in order to trace the several parts involded in this criminal activity.