Picasso, Monet Stolen From Museum

    A man pauses to look at the empty space where Henri Matisse' painting "La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune" was hanging, right, next to a painting by Maurice Denis, left, at Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday Oct. 16, 2012.  Seven paintings by artists including Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet were stolen from a museum in Rotterdam in an early-hours heist, Dutch police said Tuesday. The theft at the Kunsthal museum is one of the largest in years in the Netherlands, and is a stunning blow for the private Triton Foundation collection, which was being exhibited publicly as a group for the first time. The collection was on display as part of celebrations surrounding Kunsthal's 20th anniversary. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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    Now you see it, now you don’t. Works by Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, and Matisse are among the pieces stolen from a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday morning. Police say the Kunsthal museum was robbed at around 3 a.m. local time. It’s unclear how the thieves pulled it off, but investigators are reviewing videotapes of the theft. A spokesman for the Art Loss Register said, “Those thieves got one hell of a haul,” adding that the items would be worth “hundreds of millions of euros” if sold legally at an auction. However, if the thieves sell the art on the criminal market, they would get a much smaller amount.

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