‘Imbeciles’ Steal $600 Million in Art in Biggest Museum Heist Ever

05.20.10 Marina Galperina

Police-officers-search-fo-005Last night, a crafty super-thief lifted a record-large loot of museum art with an estimated worth of $600 million. UPDATE: NOT! CCTV captured a “heavily disguised, burly figure” leaping through a broken window of the Paris Museum of Modern Art.

The thief disabled a sophisticated alarm system, went unnoticed by three night guards and stole five famous paintings (Matisse, Picasso, and more!) by skillfully disassembling the frames instead of slicing out the canvas, as an amateur would.

Yet, the director of the neighboring Palais de Tokyo art museum seems to think whoever responsible are fools:

You cannot do anything with these paintings… These five paintings are un-sellable, so thieves, sirs, you are imbeciles, now return them.

Of course they are… And now, a preview of this year’s fine art black market expo:

|USA Today|