Renoir canvas snatched from Paris auction house

30th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 30 (AFP) - A painting by the French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, valued at about EUR 200,000 (USD 260,000), has been stolen from the famous auction house Tajan in Paris, police said Wednesday.

PARIS, March 30 (AFP) - A painting by the French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, valued at about EUR 200,000 (USD 260,000), has been stolen from the famous auction house Tajan in Paris, police said Wednesday.

The auction house informed the police of the missing painting on Tuesday. The theft of the artwork, entitled "Tête de fillette" (Head of a little girl), happened while it was displayed in a room of the auction house and not by breaking and entering the premises as police first reported.

Police did not indicate what day the painting disappeared only saying that it was recently.

The painting, which belongs to a lawyer, was supposed to be sold on Thursday in Paris.

© AFP

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