Armed Robbers Steal $100 Million of Art Work from Zurich Museum

February 12, 2008

Armed robbers have stolen four art works worth an estimated $100 million, by Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas and Vincent van Gogh, from a Zurich museum, Swiss police said Monday. The robbery happened at the Emil Buehrle Collection on Sunday afternoon.

Police called the heist a “spectacular art robbery.” Three armed men, who are still at large, reportedly entered the museum, threatened guards, and took the paintings. Some estimates put the collective value of the four works considerably higher at around $160 million. They are so well-known, that it is considered very unlikely that they could be sold.

Last week, Swiss police reported that two Pablo Picasso paintings were stolen from a Swiss exhibition near Zurich. The two oil paintings, “Tete de cheval” (“Head of horse”) and “Verre et pichet” (“Glass and pitcher”), were on loan from the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany.

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