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Marion Maneker0November 12, 2012

Pretoria Museum Scene of Art Theft

South Africa is the scene of the latest art museum heist where $2m worth of art was stolen, according to the LA Times:

According to South African police, the thieves arrived posing as an art lecturer and two students and paid the $1.20 admission fee.

Once inside, the men held up a security guard, Daywood Khans, at gunpoint and pulled out a list of the works they wanted. They grabbed the six paintings from the wall and left the building, police said.

In addition to the Stern painting, they took works by Gerard Sekoto, J.H. Pierneef, Maggie Laubser and Hugo Naude.

“They pulled out a list and said they were looking for so-and-so painting, which is among our old masterpieces,” Khans said in a local radio interview. “They left one of the paintings behind when it did not fit into their getaway car.”

The painting they left behind was Irma Stern’s Two Malay Musicians which was, by far, the most valuable of the works.

Art Worth $2m Stolen from South African Museum (Los Angeles Times)