by Anna Wainwright from francetoday.com
May 20, 2010
In what art experts are calling one of the biggest heists in history, a lone burglar seems to have made away with five paintings estimated at some 120 million dollars early Thursday morning after jimmying a padlock and breaking a window at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in the city's 16th arrondissment.
The five works stolen were Pablo Picasso's Le pigeon aux petits-pois; Henri Matisse's La Pastorale; Amedeo Modigliani's La femme à l'eventail; Fernand Léger's Nature-mort aux chandeliers; and George Braque's L'olivier près de l'Estaque.
Read the rest of the story from France Today HERE...
REMINDS me of a similar Art Heist that went awry several years ago... read on...
Did you hear about the guy in Paris who almost got away with stealing several paintings from the Louvre?
After planning the crime, getting in and out past security, he was captured only two blocks away when his Econoline ran out of gas.
When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied: “Monsieur, I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh.”
And you thought I lacked De Gaulle to tell a such a story.