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May 20 2010

WTF?

A brazen thief just stole $600 billion worth of famous paintings from a museum in Paris:

A single masked intruder was caught on a video surveillance camera taking the paintings away, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office. The intruder entered by cutting a padlock on a gate and breaking a museum window, it said.

Their collective worth is estimated at as much as euro500 million ($613 million), the prosecutor’s office said.

The stolen works were “Le pigeon aux petits-pois” (The Pigeon with the Peas) an ochre and brown Cubist oil painting by Pablo Picasso; “La Pastorale” (Pastoral), an oil painting of nudes on hillside by Henri Matisse; “L’olivier pres de l’Estaque” (Olive Tree near Estaque) by Georges Braque; “La femme a l’eventail” (Woman with a Fan) by Amedeo Modigliani; and “Nature-mort aux chandeliers” (Still Life with Chandeliers) by Fernand Leger.

Can someone please explain to me what the fucking point of stealing these paintings could possibly have been, when there is no way in a million fucking years that this thief is gonna be able to sell them? Could it be a job-for-hire by some fucked up freaky rich d00d who wants to own these paintings, but never ever show them to anyone or otherwise let on that he owns them?

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  1. 1
    anonymous

    Million or billion?

  2. 2
    andrew

    Ransom?

  3. 3
    Anonymous

    What kind of fuckwit museum has zero security like that?

  4. 4
    DrBubbles

    It’s the job-for-hire by the rich dood. Long-time reason for art theft. They don’t care that they can’t show it off; in fact they may like that only they decided who else gets to see it.

  5. 5
    Anonymous

    According to the bbc, it’s rolled up and smoked discretely passed around by “international criminal gangs” as a very large denomination dollar bill. Still for that to work you’d think there’d have to be a market, or ransom potential?
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/10130840.stm

  6. 6
    zoubl

    No one ever expects anything to happen at these museums: the guards sleep. An alarm going off probably produces as much reaction as a car alarm. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum heist in which 13 masterpieces were stolen. Maybe the same guys did it just for shits and giggles.

  7. 7
    Go Russ, Go

    This would never happen in Australia.

    Ninja Students Foil Alleyway Mugging
    http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-world/ninja-students-foil-aussie-mugging-20100520-vq3m.html

  8. 8
    Spiny Norman

    Theft is property.

  9. 9
    veganrampage

    Alright already I’ll give’m back if you’re gonna be like dat. Geez.

  10. 10
    Christ Davis

    I always hope, when these thefts of art allegedly worth mega-bazillion $$$ happen, that the thieves just drop the works in a landfill for grins because, seriously, there is no way a painting should be valued that high.

  11. 11
    skeptifem

    After watching enough “masterminds” I know there are dudes who jizz at the thought of their own criminal genius, and are compelled to do shit like that just to have done it. They aren’t very secure in their masculinity.

  12. 12
    RickD

    You think there aren’t super-rich people who’d love to have super-famous works of art to show off to their buddies, thereby showing what audacious bad boys there are?

    We live in a world where pallets loaded with $100 bills were flown to Iraq and disappeared. There are some seriously bad people out there.

    Like Joel Cairo.

  13. 13
    bailey

    it’s called the black market, in many countries it’s as legit as any other…of course, other countries aren’t quite as virtuous as our blessed u.s. of a.

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