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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Stolen Art Watch, Caravaggio Held Art Hostage Until Semion Released, on Bail That Is !!


The Kiss of Judas by Caravaggio disappeared from Odessa museum

Kiev, July 31, Interfax - Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art missed the painting by Caravaggio The Taking of Christ (or - The Kiss of Judas).

The painting is dated by 1573-1602. It was supposedly stolen in the period from 06.00 p.m. Wednesday to 10.00 a.m. Thursday, the museum source has reported.

The Ambassador of the Russian Empire in France acquired the painting and transferred it to the Odessa Art College early in the 20th century. Then it belonged to the Gallery of the old painting (today's Museum of Western and Eastern Art) However, Caravaggio authorship was under question. In mid 1950s, it was proven that the Italian master in fact painted this work.

Kiev specialists restored the masterpiece in 2006.

Regional administration for internal affairs has informed that police officials and cynologists conducted investigation in the museum.

"The windows had been carefully removed and that is how the criminal got into the museum. The alarm did not go off because the windows had not been broken," Odessa police chief Vladimir Bossenko was quoted by the news agency as saying.

The museum is closed for a cleanup day.
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Art Hostage comments:
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Semion Mogilevich is the key to solving this case.
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If Semion can be released on bail he will facilitate the safe return of the painting in the blink of an eye.
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More to follow.............................................
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Update:
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Sorry, the Russian translation is not that clear.
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Semion Mogilevich has already got bail and has been released, this art theft is going to be used to secure a better deal.
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Semion Mogilevich already has an interest in the stolen Rubens to use as a bargaining chip, so the Caravaggio will complement that.

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