The Sandiganbayan on Monday ordered the seizure of several expensive paintings by revered and well-known artists including Michelangelo and Picasso that allegedly form part of the ill-gotten wealth of the heirs of former President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Rep. Imelda Marcos of Ilocos Norte.
In a three-page writ of attachment, the anti-graft court ordered its sheriff division to seize, secure and attach the paintings and deposit them at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
The paintings include Madonna and Child by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Still Life with Idol by Paul Gaugin, Femme Couchee VI (also known as Reclining Woman VI) by Pablo Picasso, and Portrait of the Marqueza de Sta. Cruz by Francisco de Goya.
Also ordered to be seized were La Baignade Au Grand Temps by Pierre Bonnard, Vase of Red Chrysanthemums by Bernard Buffet, L’Aube by Joan Miro, and Jardin de Kew pres de la Serre 1892 by Camille Pisarro.
The court also authorized the seizure of such other paintings listed in the judicial affidavit of Presidential Commission on Good Government Commissioner Ma. Ngina Teresa Chan-Gonzaga.
The paintings, the order read, can be found in the “known residences” of Mrs. Marcos.
“If and when the paintings are transferred in its custody, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas shall not move, remove or transfer the paintings without prior authority from this court and shall do whatever is necessary for the preservation of the said properties under judicial custody,” the Sandiganbayan said.