Five paintings stolen from Paris Museum. Astonishing art heist at the Paris Museum of Modern Art last night. Among the burgled pieces were works by Picasso and Matisse.

New York Times:

A lone hooded man who squirmed through a broken window and evaded security alarms stole five paintings by Picasso, Matisse and other artists overnight Wednesday from the Paris Museum of Modern Art, in a brash theft valued somewhere between $75 million and $125 million.

While the sale of these stolen pieces on the black market will be considerably difficult, it's interesting to consider this bit from the BBC's report:

There has not been anything comparable since the 1990 theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston of a Vermeer, several Rembrandts, Degas and other masterpieces, says BBC Arts Correspondent David Sillito.

None of these works has yet been recovered.



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