Monday, February 11, 2008

Robbers steal $160m in art from Zurich

Three armed man in ski mask broke into the E.G. Buehrle Collection, a private museum at Switzerland and stole 4 paintings that are worth $163.2 million! This is one of Europe's biggest art robbery ever in history. The men entered the museum half hour before closing on Sunday, force personnel to the floor with pistol, went to the paintings that were behind glass, and as soon as the paintings were touch, the alarms went off. The police are saying it is possible that the paintings were sticking out of their getaway vans (yikes! I hope they are not damaged!)

The stolen paintings were:

  • Claude Monet's "Poppy field at Vetheuil"
  • Edgar Degas' "Ludovic Lepic and his Daughter"
  • Vincent van Gogh's "Blooming Chestnut Branches" (see picture)
  • Paul Cezanne's "Boy in the Red Waistcoat"