17th century paintings found in highway dumpster, German police say

BERLIN – The German police asked for information on Friday about the possible owners of two paintings from the 17th century that were discovered in a dumpster at a motorway service station.

Police said a 64-year-old man found the oil paintings at a rest stop near Ohrbach in central Germany last month.

He later handed them over to the police in Cologne’s Weststadt.

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An initial assessment by an art expert revealed that the two framed paintings were originals, the police said.

One is a self-portrait by Pietro Belloti that shows the Italian artist smiling and dates to 1665.

The other is a 17th century portrait of a boy by Dutch artist Samuel van Hoogstraten, date unknown.

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