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Friday, May 01, 2009

Stolen Art Watch, Dutch Art Robbery See's Dali Melt Into The Underworld, Update !!!!

Armed robbers steal paintings from Dutch museum

Associated Press - May 1, 2009 12:43 PM ET

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Dutch police say armed robbers have stolen two paintings from a museum, including a work by surrealist Salvador Dali.

Police say several masked men threatened a guard at the Scheringa Museum for Realism in Spanbroek with a gun Friday before making off with two paintings. Nobody was injured.

The museum said in a statement the robbers took "Adolescence," a 1941 gouache by Dali and "La Muscienne," an oil painting from 1929 by Polish-born art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka.

The paintings' value was not released but the museum say they are among the top works in its collection.

The Dali painting was 45 by 30 centimeters (18 x 12 inches) and the De Lempicka was 116 by 73 centimeters (46 x 29 inches).

Art Hostage Comments:

Memo to Michel Van Rijn, Hang fire, they haven't offered a reward yet !!!

Rob Meeson, I hope these two paintings were not stolen to use as a bargaining chip !!!

However, now they have been swiped, a Dutch auction could be on the cards !!!

Balkan Bandits switch from Jewels to Paintings as Museums provide soft target, we'll see !!!!!

In case you are wondering, the Dali is secondary to the De Lempicka, which is something of an iconic work and worth millions, 3-5, if it was for sale on the open legit market.
The three innocent looking viewers in the top photo are working for Fagin Van Rijn !!!!!
Update !!
The Dali was bought at the Tefaf Maastricht Art and Antiques fair and the De Lempicka was bought for $3 million including buyers premium in 2002, which was the first De Lempicka to be displayed in a Dutch Museum.
Lot 31, "La Musicienne," is a major work by Tamara de Lempicka, a leading woman Art Deco artist. The 45 5/8-by-28 ¾-inch oil on canvas was painted in 1928 and had an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000. It sold for $2,649,500 considerably above the artist's previous auction record of $1,982,500 at the Impressionist & Modern Art Part One Sotheby's 7 PM, May 8, 2002.
The Art Deco De Lempicka is a favourite with the Jet set, back in 1929 and also today.
Barbara Streisand, Jack Nicholson or Madonna could be the likely punter''s as they seem to have a passion for De Lempicka.
more to follow.............................

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