February 12, 2008

Is Danny Ocean in Zurich?

The art thefts in Switzerland this week would make a worthy sequel to Oceans Thirteen. Carol Vogel reports in the NYTimes that three men wearing ski masks walked into a private Zurich museum in broad daylight and grabbed four 19th century paintings. "They tossed them into a van and sped off, pulling off one of the largest and most audacious art robberies of all time. It was the second multimillion-dollar art heist in Switzerland in less than a week. Switzerland was stunned, not just by the loss of half a dozen masterpieces by the likes of Picasso and Monet but, based on police reports emerging Monday, by the seeming ease with which they disappeared....The Wednesday before, in a nighttime theft in the nearby town of Pfäffikon, thieves stole two Picassos worth an estimated $4.4 million." Read more.

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