Thieves steal Rodin sculp­ture in Den­mark

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE -

Two rob­bers have made off with a bronze bust by French sculp­tor Au­guste Rodin from a Copenhagen mu­seum in a bold theft in broad day­light, the mu­seum said Fri­day.

“So far we have no in­di­ca­tions of where it has gone and po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing,” a spokesman at the Glyp­toteket mu­seum, Jakob Fibiger An­dreasen, said.

An­dreasen de­clined to put a price on Rodin’s 1863 “Man with a Bro­ken Nose” but Dan­ish media have es­ti­mated its worth at around 2 mil­lion kro­ner (US$304,000).

The theft oc­curred on July 16 but the mu­seum has only just an­nounced it.

Sur­veil­lance cam­era footage shows two men tak­ing down the bust from its base, putting it in a plas­tic bag and then plac­ing it into another bag, be­fore calmly walk­ing out of the mu­seum in broad day­light dur­ing nor­mal open­ing hours.

Another sur­veil­lance cam­era film shows the men had vis­ited the mu­seum over a week ear­lier, on July 7, to dis­able the alarm.

“They were in­side the mu­seum to re­con­noi­ter about a week prior to the theft,” In­spec­tor Ove Ran­drup of Copenhagen po­lice’s rob­bery and theft unit told daily Poli­tiken.

“Who­ever may have taken the statue will have dif­fi­culty in mov­ing it, as it has been re­ported to both In­ter­pol and Europol,” An­dreasen said.

“They will meet a wall of re­fusal. But that de­pends, of course, on which type of mar­ket they may choose. It will, how­ever, be dif­fi­cult for them to off­load,” he added.

Po­lice have is­sued de­scrip­tions of the two men, say­ing they were “fair-skinned, of east Euro­pean ap­pear­ance,” one of whom was wear­ing a Panama hat and the other a cap.

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