News ID: 151125
Published: 0251 GMT May 10, 2016

Mafia mobster's collection in Italy show

Mafia mobster's collection in Italy show

The prized art collection of a mafia boss, confiscated by Italian police, went on show in Calabria, Italy in an exhibition billed as a 'victory of the state' over organized crime.

Two paintings by Spanish great Salvador Dali feature in the collection of 125 works seized from mob businessman Gioacchino Campolo, dubbed the 'King of Videopoker' after he built up a vast fortune by running tampered slot machines.

"Today we can say the state has won," Eduardo Lamberti Castronuovo, culture and legality assessor in Reggio Calabria, told AFP.

'From shadow to light' inaugurated at the city's imposing Palace of Culture — a 1920s converted orphanage — features Dali's 'Fuente de Vida' and 'Giulietta e Romeo' as well as works by naivist artist Antonio Ligabue and Arte Povera painter Lucio Fontana.

The paintings were seized in 2010 from Campolo, who was accused of helping fund the powerful 'Ndrangheta organized crime group in his native Calabria and was found guilty in 2011 of criminal association, usury and extortion.

The 77-year-old, who is wheelchair-bound, is serving a 16-year jail sentence under house arrest due to his age and health.

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