Thieves broke into the Rotterdam Museum the morning of October 10 and walked out with an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars worth of artwork from Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse.
The theft serves as a good reminder to many to place their valuables in storage to protect from being stolen, whether their worth millions or not.
“Those thieves got one hell of a haul,” Chris Marinello, director of the Art Loss Register, told the Associated press.
The stolen paintings were Pablo Picasso’s 1971 Harlequin Head; Claude Monet’s 1901 Waterloo Bridge, London and Charing Cross Bridge, London; Henri Matisse’s 1919 Reading Girl in White and Yellow; Paul Gauguin’s 1898 Girl in Front of Open Window; Meyer de Haan’s Self-Portrait, around 1890, and Lucian Freud’s 2002 work Woman with Eyes Closed.
Marinello told the news source that thieves have a few options: They could blackmail the museum, insurance company or owners, or sell the paintings on the black market, for far less than the money the artwork would get at an auction.
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