• Short Summary

    Thieves stole paintings worth between two million and three million pounds, when they broke into a private art gallery in the fashionable Rue du Faubourg St.

  • Description

    Thieves stole paintings worth between two million and three million pounds, when they broke into a private art gallery in the fashionable Rue du Faubourg St. Honore, in Paris, on Thursday night (1 November). About forty paintings were taken, all of them by famous artists including Van Gogh, Picasso, Utrillo, Vlaminck and Millet.

    The Police said the thieves managed to enter a corridor next to the main room of the Herve Obermatt Gallery, and bored a hole into the thick wall separating them from the Gallery's exhibition hall. Once inside the main room, they chose only the most valuable paintings, ignoring works by lesser known artists.

    The Police described the theft as one of the biggest in France in recent years. They said it was obviously the work of professionals, but they thought the thieves would have difficulty in disposing of such paintings. They thought the thieves might be planning to exchange the paintings for a ransom from the insurance companies.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAGT9IB6TAOA0112XCUKHS2M9P
    Media URN:
    VLVAGT9IB6TAOA0112XCUKHS2M9P
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/11/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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