Posted Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at 3:54 PM
In a stunning middle-of-the-night museum heist, seven paintings, including works by Picasso, Monet, and Matisse, were stolen from the Kunsthal museum in Amsterdam. The paintings were part of a private collection of 150 modern art pieces being displayed for the first time.
Chris Marinello, director of The Art Loss Register, which tracks stolen artworks, said, "Those thieves got one hell of a haul." The artworks taken could be worth hundreds of millions of euros at auction. Of course, now that the paintings are registered as stolen, the thieves may have to resort to the black market or blackmailing the owners, museum, or insurers to make any money off the thefts.
The museum remains closed as police continue with their investigation.