Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Update: Police confirm 2 of 4 paintings were recovered from heist

February 19, 2008, 10:03 am
Paintings’ Street Sojourn: From Museum to Sedan’s Backseat

By Mike Nizza
Update, 11:59 a.m. Police confirm two paintings were recovered.
Swiss reports on the recovery of paintings stolen in a brazen daylight heist in Zurich turn out to be true, art lovers around the world will surely rejoice. The good news, if confirmed later by the police, would come with a slight insult — and possibly worse if there is any damage.
Last Monday, $163 million in paintings from Cézanne, Degas, van Gogh and Monet were pulled off the walls at a 19th-century villa housing the the E. G. Bührle Collection and unceremoniously stuffed into a white sedan....
“Poppies near Vétheuil” (1879), by Claude Monet, was one of the four paintings stolen from a from the Buehrle Foundation museum in Zurich on Sunday. (Photo: Agence France Presse—Getty Images)

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