Picasso, Matisse Stolen in $635M Paris Heist

Paris Museum of Modern Art finds 5 masterpieces missing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2010 7:27 AM CDT
Police officers stand at the entrance of the Paris Museum of Modern Art. The the museum, across the Seine from the Eiffel tower, has been cordoned off by investigators.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

(Newser) – Five paintings—including masterpieces by Matisse and Picasso—were reported missing from the Paris Museum of Modern Art this morning, the AP reports. Staff discovered that a window and padlock had been broken, and security footage shows a person climbing in through the window. The works are worth an estimated $635 million. Experts say the well-known paintings would be impossible to sell openly, and speculate they may have been stolen to order.

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