Police receive 15 tips about Kunsthal art theft

Police said on Wednesday afternoon they have received 15 tips about the theft of seven priceless works of art from the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, many of them the result of a tv crime programme which featured the robbery on Tuesday evening.

Whether the tips are useful is not yet clear, but a police spokesman told the press they are at least worth following up.
The paintings were taken on Tuesday night, but the gallery was open on Wednesday. The empty spaces were rehung with other works from the Triton Foundation which owns the missing works. Press reports say the number of journalists in the Kunsthal outnumbered the number of visitors.
Kunsthal director Emily Ansenk told the press she did not think the break-in would tarnish the gallery’s reputation.
The value of the stolen paintings, including works by Picasso, Monet, Matisse and Lucien Freud, is estimated at between €50m €100m. They will, however, be almost impossible to sell, say experts.

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