Timeline of major art thefts

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Major art thefts around the world over the past decade:

-- February 10, 2008: Four paintings by Cezanne, Degas, Van Gogh and Monet valued at more than 180 million Swiss francs (127 million euros, 162 million dollars) are stolen from a Zurich museum. The Van Gogh and the Monet are later recovered; the other two have not been found.

- August 5, 2007: Two Bruegels, a Sisley and a Monet, all considered priceless, are stolen from the Jules Cheret museum in Nice, France. They were recovered the following year.

-- June 12, 2008: Thieves take two Picasso engravings and two works by Brazilian artists from a museum in Sao Paolo, Brazil. They have since been recovered.

-- 25 February, 2006: Works by Salvador Dali, Picasso, Matisse and Monet are taken from the Chacara do Ceu museum during the annual carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They have not been recovered.

-- August 22, 2004: Edvard Munch's masterpieces "The Scream" and "Madonna", valued at 100 million dollars (80 million euros) in all, are stolen from an Oslo museum. They are recovered damaged in 2006.

-- December 7, 2002: Two Van Goghs, valued at several million dollars, are stolen from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Although two men were arrested and charged over the theft, the pictures have so far not been found.

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