Art Theft of the Century?

stolenart.jpgCézanne, Degas, van Gogh, Monet—could one go for bigger artists’ works to steal? In case you missed it, four legendary Impressionist works disappeared from the E.G. Bührle Collection in Zurich, Switzerland—in about 3 minutes—on Feb. 10, according to the BBC, NPR, New York Times, swissinfo. The estimated loss is $163.2 million, making the unfortunate event one of the biggest art heists the world has seen in 20 years.

The stolen paintings are: Poppies near Vetheuil, by Claude Monet (1879); Count Lepic and his Daughters, by Edgar Degas (1871); Chestnut in Bloom, by Vincent van Gogh (1890); and Boy in a Red Jacket, by Paul Cézanne (1888).

Click here for a virtual tour of the room where the four paintings used to hang.

UPDATE (2/20/08): Two paintings have been recovered. Read more from NPR.

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