Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Stolen Art Watch, Dutch Art Arrests, Chicken or the Egg !!!

2 arrested in Dutch art heist

Police in the Netherlands have arrested two men in the theft of two paintings, including a Salvador Dali, from a Dutch gallery last year.

The paintings — Adolescence, a 1941 gouache by Dali, and La Musicienne, a 1929 oil painting by Polish-born painter Tamara de Lempicka — were not recovered. A gouache is made with opaque watercolors, mixed with gum.

Masked robbers raided the Scheringa art museum in Spanbroek during daylight hours on May 1, 2009, threatening a guard and a receptionist before escaping with the paintings.

The suspects, aged 29 and 43, were arrested Wednesday in the southern city of Breda, police said.

The museum targeted in the heist closed last year after the DSB bank owned by its patron, Dirk Scheringa, collapsed

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