Monday, May 24, 2010

Exploring the mind of an art thief following Paris heist

Last Thursday, five paintings were stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Reports say the thief crept through a window in the wee hours of the morning, carefully removed the paintings from their frames and slid away undetected. While the art world still reeled from the multi-million dollar museum heist, which included the theft of a Picasso and a Matisse, a second theft was reported over the weekend miles away in southern France, in the Marseille home of a private collector who was beaten by the intruders, according to news reports. But it is not clear yet whether the two events are linked. While the first heist conjures images of a suave, cat-suit clad burglar like the one Cary Grant played in the 1955 film "To Catch A Thief," or Pierce Brosnan's smart, sexy art collector-cum-professional masterpiece lifter in 1999's "The Thomas Crown Affair," the second real-life attack on the collector and art theft, including a Picasso lithograph, suggests more thug-like criminals.



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