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Big Paris Art Heist 2010-05-21

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Europe, Humanities, Money.
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Art thieves stole works by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque and Amedeo Modigliani worth 500 million EUR (431 million GBP) from a Paris museum, French police and prosecutors said today, 2010-05-20.

The theft of the five paintings was discovered by employees at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris when they opened the museum this morning and noticed a smashed window pane.

According to French media, the stolen works include:

[Picasso painting Dove With Green Peas]

Picasso’s ‘Dove with Green Peas’

[Picture of Matisse's painting 'Pastorale']

Matisse’s ‘Pastorale’

[Paiting by Georges Braque Olive Tree near L'estaque]

Braque’s ‘Olive tree near l’Estaque’

[Picture of Modigliani's Woman with fan]

Modigliani’s ‘Woman with fan’ and

[Picture of Leger's Still Life With candlesticks]

Leger’s ‘Still life with candlesticks.’

Police have launched an investigation into the theft, which the museum values at 500 million EUR, a spokesman for the Paris prosecutor’s office said on today, 2010-05-20.

Paris’s ‘Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris‘ is situated in the capital’s well-to-do 16th arrondissement, across the Seine river from the Eiffel Tower.

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