Picasso Painting Stolen from Museum of Art of Sao Paulo
Date: 21 Dec 2007 | | Views: 11103
Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Suzanne Bloch
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - A work by Picasso and another by Portinari were stolen from the Museum of Art of Sao Paulo. The works are worth around $100 million. One of the works is titled Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904) by Pablo Picasso and the other one is titled The Coffee Worker by Brazil's Candido Portinari. It took the thieves around three minutes to take the works and the theft was caught by security cameras. The museum issued a statement saying this is the first theft of such kind in their 60 year history.
According to police three men carried our the theft and the museum security guards were apparently on a different floor at the time the theft took place, from 5:09 to 5:12, police said. The police have shut down the museum for now to search for clues. Some of the tools used by the thieves were left behind.
The thieves left behind some of their tools, and police have shut down the museum to search for clues, officials said.