Thieves Snag 2nd Picasso in France

Lithograph lifted from private collector in Marseilles
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 22, 2010 8:25 AM CDT
Thieves Snag 2nd Picasso in France
Amadeo Modigliani's "La femme a l'eventail," one of five that a lone thief stole worth up to $613 million, including major works by Picasso and Matisse in a brazen heist from the Paris Museum of Modern Art.   (AP Photo/Bridgeman Art Library International)

Thugs stole a Picasso lithograph and four paintings from a collector's home yesterday in Marseille, on the heels of the $123 million art heist from Paris' Museum of Modern Art. Judicial police said today that two men managed to get past two security gates yesterday at the home of the collector, then knocked on the door. They beat up the collector, in his sixties, and took the Picasso lithograph and four works by other artists.

Officials have not put a value on the heist. A Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani and two other masters' works were stolen Thursday from the Paris museum, whose security alarms were broken. (More Pablo Picasso stories.)

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