NOW THAT SUCKS
£100m masterpieces stolen from French museum ‘crushed by rubbish truck’
Five stolen paintings including a Matisse, a Picasso and a Modigliani worth almost £100 million ended up in a street dustbin and were likely crushed by a rubbish truck, a suspect has reportedly told police.
Paris authorities and art lovers around the globe were appalled in May last year when a lone, hooded burglar managed to climb into the capital’s Musée d’Art Moderne opposite the Eiffel Tower and help himself to the five celebrated oeuvres, which he cut from their frames and rolled up.
Thanks to a faulty alarm system and the doziness of three guards, he quietly made off with Dove with Green Peas by Pablo Picasso (painted in 1911), Pastoral by Henri Matisse (1906), Olive Tree near l’Estaque by Georges Braque (1906), Woman with Fan by Amedeo Modigliani (1919) and Still Life with Candlestick by Fernand Leger (1922).
The Art Loss Registry in London called the Pink Panther-style robbery “one of the biggest art heists ever, considering the estimated value, the prominence of the artists and the high profile of the museum”.
Paris city hall put the total value of the haul at 100 million euros but some experts said they were worth twice that.
It took officers from the Serious Crime Brigade more than a year before placing three men - the alleged thief and two accomplices - under official investigation. (via The Telegraph)