Factbox: High profile art thefts

Thu May 20, 2010 8:53am EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

(Reuters) - Art thieves stole works by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque and Amedeo Modigliani worth 500 million euros ($620.8 million) from a Paris museum, French police and prosecutors said on Thursday.

Here are details of some major art thefts:

April 1991 - In what was then billed as the world's biggest art robbery, 20 paintings, estimated to be worth $500 million, were stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. They were found shortly afterwards in an abandoned car not far away.

Nov 1993 - Eight works by Picasso and French cubist Georges Braque, valued at some $60 million, were stolen from Stockholm's Modern Museum. Some were recovered in the following months.

Dec 22, 2001 - "Conversation" and "A Young Parisienne" by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir and a self-portrait by Dutch master Rembrandt were stolen from Stockholm's National Museum. "Conversation" was recovered the following April.

Dec 7, 2002 - Two Vincent Van Gogh oil paintings worth millions of dollars were snatched by thieves in a daring robbery at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Aug 27, 2003 - In Scotland, thieves stole the "Madonna With the Yarnwinder" by Leonardo da Vinci. The work, painted in the early 16th century, was valued at about $53 million.

Aug 22, 2004 - Armed robbers stole "The Scream" from the Munch Museum in Oslo, the second time in 10 years that a version of the painting was stolen. Thieves also took "Madonna" by Munch. The paintings, from 1893, were recovered in August 2006.

Feb 26, 2007 - Two Picasso paintings, identified by police as "Maya a la poupee" (Maya with doll) a 1938 portrait of his daughter, and "Portrait de femme, Jacqueline" were stolen from Picasso's daughter's house in Paris. The paintings were recovered in August.   Continued...