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“Italian art collector loses 13th century artwork worth one MILLION euros on Paris-Geneva train”

15 Dec

“Italian art collector loses 13th century artwork worth one MILLION euros on Paris-Geneva train”

by Mark Duell via “Daily Mail Online

Losing a treasured item can leave you feeling sick, so spare a thought for Francesco Plateroti.

The art collector from Italy left a 13th century piece by Chinese painter Wang Zhenpeng called The Banquet of Immortals on the Terrace of Jade on a high speed TGV train from Paris to Geneva.

Mr Plateroti got off the train in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, a French town close to the Swiss border, before realising the artwork – worth €1million (£800,000) – was still in his briefcase in the carriage.

Train: An art collector  left a 13th century piece on a high speed TGV service (file photo) from Paris to Geneva

Train: An art collector left a 13th century piece on a high speed TGV service (file photo) from Paris to Geneva

He alerted staff who searched the train upon its arrival at the next stop of Geneva last month, but nothing was found, and Mr Plateroti is now offering a reward for the safe return of the painting.

He said that despite the painting’s high value it was unsaleable without the cultural certificate of authenticity he still had in his possession. He had been showing the work at an exhibition in Paris.

Mr Plateroti told The Local journalist Simone Flückiger: ‘I was crushed when I realised I didn’t have it with me. It was a massive shock. People take advantage of my misfortune.

‘They are calling me to say they have the painting and that they will send it once I put the reward money in their bank accounts. This all makes having lost the painting a lot worse.’

Station: Mr Plateroti got off the train in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, a French town close to the Swiss border

Station: Mr Plateroti got off the train in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, a French town close to the Swiss border

But he said: ‘You have to be optimistic. After all, a positive attitude can overcome many obstacles.’

I was crushed when I realised I didn’t have it with me. It was a massive shock
Francesco Plateroti

All lost property items on the TGV are sent to a central office in Berne, Swizerland. But there has been no sign yet of the painting, which dates from the Yuan dynasty of 1280 to 1329.

Mr Plateroti added: ‘Anyone who finds and returns this will be well compensated. I am hopeful that I will have it back soon.’

The collector had been travelling on the 9789 TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) train from Paris to Geneva on November 21, which left the French capital at 8.11pm local time (7.11pm GMT).

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Have You Lost Something Recently?

22 Nov

Did you know that items you lose/leave behind may be turned in to the State Treasury? In fact, a lot of lost property is required to be turned in. And the Treasury office might keep it for quite a while, waiting for you to claim it. On the other hand, the states do auction items off after awhile to raise money.

And we’re not just talking $1 here or there. Some items in the auctions sell for thousands of dollars.  State Treasury Offices can have as much as a $Billion+ in unclaimed property that people have lost and never claimed. It can be physical property or something like an Insurance Refund (my uncle found $120+) or a Payroll (cousin had $28) or other such things.  Each state has a search engine where you look up your name (or a deceased family members name when searching for the estate).  If you don’t find anything there, make sure you try calling the State Treasurer’s office too. Not every state published everything in their possession–some take things down over time or don’t post big items, etc. Then usually you just have to file your claim. Check it out!  Great places to start are MissingMoney and NAUPA; they’re working with a bunch of states at once. 

  1. Alabama

  2. Alaska

  3. Arizona

  4. Arkansas

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