A Gustav Klimt masterpiece that was stolen in 1997 may have been found hidden in the wall of the Italian gallery from where it was snatched, officials have revealed.
Workers discovered the painting, a portrait of a young woman completed in 1917, when they cleared ivy off the outside wall of the Ricci Oddi gallery in the northern city of Piacenza, and came across a small trap door.
He opened it and found a bag inside a space within the walls.
The masterpiece was gone when the Ricci-Oddi Gallery was preparing for a special exhibition for "Portrait of a Lady".
After the artwork vanished in February 1997, police believed thieves had used a fishing line to hook the masterpiece off the wall and haul it up through an open skylight to the gallery roof.
It is the only "double" Klimt portrait known to the art world and has been valued at a staggering AU$97 million.
In April 1997, police seized a package that they believed contained the missing artwork, only to discover that the painting inside was a fake.
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"We do not rule out that the painting was there all the time", said art detective Roberto Riccardi, who oversees the unit investigating the case, the telegraph.
The 1912 piece gained global attention in 1996 after a young art student discovered it was painted over another Klimt painting which was presumed lost. At that time, the frame of the painting was recovered from the roof of the building - a bait that should lead the authorities to believe The robbers had entered through the skylight.
The painting is a later work by the Austrian master of the "art nouveau". Gallery workers were placed under investigation, but a judge dismissed the case against them due to lack of evidence, Vogt reports.
Jonathan Papamerenghi, a member of the Piacenza council with responsibility for culture, did not exclude the possibility that the painting had been left in the wall by thieves who wanted to return it. "It does not seem like it has been locked under a trapdoor for 22 years".
"It would be the best Christmas present ever", Gallery Vice President Laura Bonfanti told local media.
"[The] work must now be examined by experts to verify its authenticity but at first glance, based on the wax seals and stamps we saw on the back of the canvas, it appears to be the original".