3 Arrested for Rotterdam Art Heist

  • January 22, 2013 22:37

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Detail of Matisse's "Reading Girl in White and Yellow," 1919, stolen from the Triton Foundation Collection during a special exhibition at the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Romanian police have arrested three people in connection to the major art heist in Rotterdam that netted paintings by Monet, Matisse, Picasso and others worth tens of millions of euros (dollars). The stolen paintings are still missing.

Late one October evening last year, thieves took seven masterworks from the Kunsthal gallery in the Dutch city of Rotterdam.

Police beleive the thieves broke through an emergency exit and left before police arrived 5 minutes later.

The suspects are under investigation and have not been named.

The stolen art was on loan from the Triton Foundation collection, and included: 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."

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