Saturday, 23 April 2011

Egypt Poppies Update

An Egyptian court has jailed five officials over the theft of Vincent Van Gogh's Poppy Flowers, which was stolen from the Mahmoud Khalil Museum, Cairo, last August. Mohsen Shaalan, formerly Deputy Culture Minister, copped one year in jail plus community service, while four former employees at the museum were sent to prison for six months. The painting still hasn't been found. The previous time it was stolen it ended up in Kuwait (CLICK). There is a 1 million Egyptian pound reward on offer ($168,000) for information leading to its recovery, but it's worth an estimated $55m.


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