Italy police seize secret stash of masterpieces

Italian tax police officers hold a Giuseppe De Nittis painting, one of the 19 masterpieces which was seized in Parma, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Italian tax police have seized a secret attic and basement stash of Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Cezanne and other art works from the disgraced founder of Parmalat, the dairy company that collapsed a few years ago under billions of dollars of debt. Authorites estimated the total value of the works at more than euros 100 million. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)

December 5, 2009 3:58:04 PM PST
Italian tax police said Saturday that they had seized works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne and other giants of art in a crackdown on assets hidden by the disgraced founder of the collapsed dairy company Parmalat.