The French Industrialist whose private villa in Cadière d’Azur, in the Provence Region was burgled at the end of last year decided to offer a reward for the recovery of the 32 stolen paintings. The theft of the paintings was discovered on 31st December 2009 by the caretaker. Among the stolen works are a Picasso drawing “La Ronde de la paix”, signed and 1961, and 19th and 20th century masters such as Ambrogiani, Chabaud, Fujita, Marcoussi and Rousseau. The total estimated value amounts to circa 600.000 Euro. The paintings have already been registered on the Interpol database via the local police.
A solid 18ct gold pill box called Mnemos 01 and part of a series of boxes designed by Asymptote for Mallett’s contemporary collection Meta, has been stolen from the London gallery, by an opportunist or visitor. The object is signed on the inside by the maker “Atelier de l’Objet” who is based in Paris. It only measures 3.15 x 2.36 x 1.57 inches. The theft occurred during the daytime on 11th January 2010.
Two Van Goghs from a 2002 Robbery Still Missing ~ Although in 2004 two men were convicted of the theft of two van Gogh paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the paintings themselves are still missing. The conviction was possible because of DNA and security camera evidence which put the thieves at the crime scene. The theft originally occurred during the morning hours of the 7th December in 2002. The two men used a ladder to scale the back façade and entered the building through the roof. The break in triggered the alarm but the thieves had enough time to remove the two paintings the Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen and the View of the Sea at Scheveningen from the Museum.
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