Paintings worth millions stolen from Paris

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Old 20-May-2010
Post Paintings worth millions stolen from Paris


Five works including paintings by modern masters Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso have been stolen from a Paris museum, officials connected to the investigation said.

The canvases -- worth a total of 500 million euros (USD 635 million) --were discovered missing from the city-run Musee d'Art Moderne when it opened its doors, the sources said.

Museum officials found a broken window and a sheared-off padlock, suggesting the heist took place overnight on Wednesday.

Besides the Matisse and the Picasso, works by Georges Braque, Ferdinand Leger and Amedeo Modigliani were also stolen, the officials said, adding that detectives were investigating.

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