At least seven major art works have been stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in the Netherlands, in an early morning heist on Tuesday. The works include paintings by Picasso, Monet, Matisse, and Gauguin. The museum, which was celebrating its 20th anniversary at the time of the theft, hasn’t released a valuation of the stolen work, but the word “priceless” comes to mind. As with most thefts of this stature, it’ll be nearly impossible to sell such famous works on the open market. If history is any indication, the paintings will either disappear into private collections, or will be held surreptiously for an indeterminate time before being recovered or quietly returned. Here’s hoping it’ll be the latter.
Stay tuned. Something tells me there’ll be more drama to follow in this developing story.