Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Rotterdam Art Theft

The art world suffered a blow today when thieves broke into Rotterdam's Kunsthal and stole priceless works of art from artists including Monet, Matisse and Picasso.

The works stolen have been named as:

Pablo Picasso - Tete d'Arlequin
Henri Matisse - La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune
Claude Monet - Waterloo Bridge, London
Claude Monet - Charing Cross Bridge, London
Paul Gauguin - Femme devant une fenetre ouverte, de Haan's Autoportrait
Freud - Woman with Eyes Closed

Police believe the thieves may have been planned the early morning raid for months and used the Port as the means of escape.  The design of the gallery may have help with the theft, with one security expert calling it "a nightmare to protect"

The value of the 7 paintings has not been released but experts believe the figure to be in the tens of millions.  Will the paintings ever be seen in public?  Hopefully so.

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