Monday, February 11, 2008

Black Market Soars, "4 Masterworks Are Stolen in Zurich"

Published: February 12, 2008
ZURICH — Armed robbers stole four important paintings by
van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Cézanne from a museum in Zurich, the Swiss authorities announced Monday, in what they said might have been the largest art theft in Europe.
Three thieves, wearing dark clothes and ski masks, walked into the Emile Bührle Foundation, a private collection housed a couple of miles outside of Zurich’s city center on the shore of Lake Zurich, around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, a short while before the museum was due to close. The collection is considered to be one of the biggest privately owned collections of French impressionists in the world...

(Top Left) "Count Lepic and his Daughters" (1871), by Edgar Degas.
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"Poppies near Vetheuil" (1879), by Claude Monet, was one of the four paintings stolen from a from the Buehrle Foundation museum in Zurich on Sunday.
(Center Left) "Boy in the Red Waistcoat" (1888), by Paul Cezanne.

(Below Left) "Blossoming Chestnut Branches" (1890), by Vincent van Gogh

Picasso paintings stolen in Paris
(Far Bottom Left) Maya with Doll is a portrait of Picasso's daughter
Wednesday, 28 February 2007, 13:43 GMT
At least two Picasso paintings with a combined value of 50m euros (£33.7m) have been stolen from his granddaughter's home in Paris.....

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