Art Treasures Seized from Crooked Italian Executive

Italian tax police said Saturday that they had seized works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne and other artistic giants in a crackdown on assets hidden by the disgraced founder of the collapsed dairy company Parmalat. Authorities estimated the 19 masterpieces stashed away in attics and basements were valued at $150 million. Parma Prosecutor Gerardo Laguardia said that, based on wiretapped phone conversations, officials believed at least one of the paintings hidden by Calisto Tanzi in the area of Parma was about to be sold

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