Monday, March 22, 2010

Stolen Art Watch, Panthers in the Pink or Noortman Revisited !!!!

Tefaf fair heist lands thieves $1.3m haul

A RING and a diamond necklace worth 860,000 euro ($1.3 million) were stolen at the world's leading antiques fair in the Netherlands yesterday.

"A ring with a big sapphire and a diamond necklace belonging to London jeweller Hancock were stolen,'' a fair spokeswoman confirmed.

The Tefaf fair in the Dutch city of Maastricht opened on March 12 and closed yesterday.

The 11.65-carat ring and the 7.23-carat necklace disappeared between 5pm and 6pm (local time) and police were investigating, Ms Vellenga said.

The 23rd edition of the Tefaf fair drew a crowd of 73,000 visitors this year.

More than 260 art and antiques dealers showed 30,000 paintings, sculptures, pieces of furniture, jewellery, china, clothes and manuscripts.

The fair's biggest sale was a 1534 painting by German artist Lukas Cranach, David and Bathsheba, which went for €5.3 million.

Art Hostage Comments:

A trophy crime for the Pink Sapphire, ideal for a Pink Panther.

However, lets not forget the Noortman scenario.

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