Artful Crime

Magritte Painting Stolen at Gunpoint

Surreal. With a ring at the door and a gun pointed at a head, thieves stole a painting Thursday from the home of René Magritte. The Belgian artist died in 1967. But the 1948 portrait he painted of his wife is valued at $4.4 million and was hanging in a house he used to live in that is now an appointment-only museum. The two assailants did not wear masks and didn't injure anyone inside the Brussels home. "This painting, which is highly recognizable, is very unlikely to be attempted to be sold on the open market," an art loss expert told The Guardian.