Thieves Snag 2 Picassos

German museum's paintings stolen from exhibition near Zurich
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 2:28 PM CST

(Newser) – Thieves stole two Picasso paintings that belong to a German museum from a Swiss art gallery where they had been on display, the Guardian reports. The pilfered works, Tete de Cheval and Verre et Pichet, were on loan from the Sprengel Museum. Combined, they're worth $4.5 million, AFP reports.

The thieves tripped an alarm as they left a cultural center in Pfaeffikon on Wednesday evening; how they entered wasn't clear, but they may have hidden in the gallery before it closed, police said. Picasso pieces are some of the most commonly stolen artworks, thanks in part to the artist’s staggering productivity. The museum is offering a reward for info on the heist.