Friday, November 30, 2012

Van Gogh among 146 missing Marcos paintings They didn't only hoard shoes. Former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda amassed a remarkable art collection, paid for with stolen funds, and many of the masterpieces remain missing. The Philippine government admitted today that 146 paintings - including works by Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh - have not been recovered. Marcos distributed his priceless collection of at least 300 artworks to cronies when his regime crumbled in 1986 and Andres Bautista, head of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, today revealed how many were missing. He told AFP: "The Marcoses were art aficionados and they spent millions of dollars buying up these paintings."... More