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Picasso, Matisse Paintings Stolen In Paris

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French police say several Picasso and Matisse paintings were among works stolen from a Paris museum Thursday. The total value of the haul is estimated at more than $130 million.


In Paris, one of the world's biggest art heists was not exactly a mission impossible escapade. The theft of a Picasso, a Matisse and three other masterpieces was discovered yesterday at the Paris Museum of Modern Art. Collectively, the pieces are valued at more than $120 million.

The heist was pulled off by a masked man who simply clipped a gate lock, broke a side window and climbed inside. One thing he didnt have to worry about was the alarm system, which had been broken since March.

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