Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Buenos Aires Heist

Antonio Berni - The Great Temptation (1962)They always seem to be stealing paintings in South America, and usually those in the worst possible taste. Here's the latest. A truck carrying paintings by Argentinean Antonio Berni was hijacked by two armed thugs dressed as police officers. They gave the truck company employees $165 each to keep calm and stole 15 of Antonio's daubs. No great loss, you might think, but they're worth $2.2 million. Inside job? Berni's The Great Temptation (1962) isn't one of the stolen works as far as I know, but it gives you an idea of what to look out for in a car boot sale.


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