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Absconding with art

May 20, 2010 - Cindy Votruba
Nothing like an overnight art heist to greet you in the morning. That’s what happened at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Unfortunately that wasn’t one of the museums I got to see when in Paris nearly 20 years ago (hit the Louvre, was pinned against the railing in front of the Mona Lisa; also went to the Musee d’Orsay where I fell in love with Impressionist paintings).

Five paintings, worth more than $100 million were taken from the museum, including a Picasso and a Matisse. Get this, the alarm system has been broken since the end of March, and the security system had been upgraded four years ago.

And of course, that’s the prime time for masked burglars, or in this case, burglar, to strike. But what’s really amusing is that art dealers are aware of the theft, what’s been stolen and well, thief, what exactly was the point of this midnight requistion?


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