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7 paintings stolen in Dutch heist

Amsterdam, Oct. 16 (Reuters): Thieves made off with paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and other prominent modern artists from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal museum early today.

The seven stolen works, which also include a Gauguin, a Lucian Freud and a Meyer de Haan, are thought to be worth tens of millions of dollars.

Dutch police investigating the overnight heist have yet to put a price on the paintings, and few details have emerged about how they were removed from the museum designed by Rem Koolhaas.

Roland Ekkers, a spokesman for Rotterdam police, said they received a call alerting them to the theft at around 3am (local time) today. “The alarm system in the Kunsthal was supposed to be state of the art,” Ekkers said. “But somehow the people responsible for this found a way in.”

 
 
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