An unidentified art dealer on his way to visit a client in Paris left behind a $1.6 million painting in the trunk of a taxi cab.
The work is by Argentina-born Italian sculptor and painter Lucio Fontana, from his famed series of pierced abstractions entitled "Concetto spaziale.”
Distracted by a phone call, the dealer says he forgot to take the artwork out of the cab with him after stopping at a Paris gallery last Thursday.
Searches for the cab with the artwork went unsuccessful and the dealer then filed a theft complaint with police.
On Tuesday, the cab driver reportedly returned the artwork, according to AFP .