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Dutch police guard the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam on Tuesday morning after several paintings were stolen sometime overnight. Police said seven paintings, including by Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet, were taken. More from the Associated Press:
“The collection was on display as part of celebrations surrounding Kunsthal’s 20th anniversary.
Police spokeswoman Willemieke Romijn said investigators were reviewing videotapes of the theft, which took place around 3 a.m. local time, and calling for any witnesses to come forward. Police have yet to reveal how the heist took place.
“The stolen works were Picasso’s 1971 ‘Harlequin Head’; Monet’s 1901 ‘Waterloo Bridge, London’ and ‘Charing Cross Bridge, London’; Henri Matisse’s 1919 ‘Reading Girl in White and Yellow’; Paul Gauguin’s 1898 ‘Girl in Front of Open Window’; Meyer de Haan’s ‘Self-Portrait,’ around 1890, and Lucian Freud’s 2002 work ‘Woman with Eyes Closed.’
“Mariette Maaskant of the Kunsthal museum said the paintings taken were of ‘considerable value.’ Independent experts said the works were clearly worth millions of dollars but would be impossible to sell on the open market.”