Friday, December 03, 2010

More red faces

Art thieves drove off in a van filled with 22 sculptures and paintings worth an estimated €5m from a warehouse in Getafe near Madrid.

The van carrying the artworks had been parked inside a warehouse belonging to the Crisóstomo transport company on Friday after arriving from the Stefan Röpke gallery in Cologne, Germany. The thieves drove off using a key left in the van's glove department.

Only about half of the artworks, which were being returned to Spain from a gallery in Germany, were insured, according to David Fernández of the Juan Gris gallery in Madrid. "I have been furious and upset about this since Monday," he said. Monday was the day when some of the works should have been delivered to his gallery and five others in Madrid and Barcelona. "Nothing like this has happened to us in 40 years."

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