Feb 23, 2018

French customs officials discovered a stolen Edgar Degas painting on a bus near Paris.

Authorities found Les Choristes (1877) in a suitcase stored beneath a bus during a random search conducted last week at a motorway service station about 20 miles east of Paris, French culture minister Françoise Nyssen said on Friday. None of the bus passengers admitted to traveling with the pastel work, valued at roughly €800,000, and as of Friday no arrests have been made. A French government statement released Friday “gave no information about why the painting was on the bus or who left it there,” Reuters reported. The painting has been missing since 2009 when it was stolen from Marseille’s Musée Cantini, where it was on loan from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. A police investigation at the time yielded no signs of forced entry to the museum and also no arrests.