Jul 112013

Seven famous paintings stolen from a Dutch museum by Romanian thieves were taken across the border into pillows and none of the custom officials had the curiosity to see what is under their seams.

pablo picasso Tete d'Arlequin

Pablo Picasso “Tete d’Arlequin” (1971) is one of the 7 artworks stolen from Kunsthal

Yesterday, the investigation into the case has been completed and the robbers will be prosecuted. According to the final expertise, -although the Romanian Directorate for Investigating Infractions of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) say it’s not ready yet-, the ash found in a stove from Radu Dogaru’s mother would come from the burned paintings. As such, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso artworks would have faced Dante’s Inferno ending up in fire after being simply taken off the walls of the famous Kunsthal Museum with a screwdriver and hidden inside the pillows.

Romanian news outlets describe the efforts made by the suspects for transporting the valuable canvases. They reportedly ripped the seam and stuffed the artworks inside. Because Romania is part of the European Union, the border controls are not that strict anymore, and in consequence the painting were quickly smuggled into the country and later carried in a cheap bag throughout Bucharest.

During these days, the robbers are shown the evidence that incriminates them and a conclusive investigation report of the Romanian prosecutors is set to be submitted to the authorities in the Netherlands.

The following (7) paintings fell victim to the biggest art heists in history: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Tete d’Arlequin’, Claude Monet’s: ‘Charing Cross Bridge’ and ‘Waterloo Bridge’, Henri Matisse’s ‘La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune’, Lucien Freud’s ‘Woman with Eyes Closed’, Paul Gauguin’s ‘Femme Devant une Fenetre Ouvertem dite La Fiancee’ and Meyer de Hann’s ‘Autoportrait’.



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