Sunday, September 18, 2005

I blame Hollywood. And Karl Rove, of course.

All three of the paintings stolen from the Swedish National Museum in 2000 have been found. But yikes:
The (Rembrandt self-portrait), as well as two masterworks by Renoir, were stolen when an armed gang entered the museum on Stockholm's waterfront just before closing time in December 2000. While one man brandished a submachine gun in the lobby, two others seized the paintings from the second floor. As they escaped, scattering spikes on the road to delay pursuers, two cars exploded nearby, creating a diversion. The men then made off in a small boat, which was later recovered.
Laura Vinha has the story via Reuters.

Thanks to ArtsJournal for the tip.

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