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Big Paris Art Heist 2010-05-21

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Europe, Humanities, Money.

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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