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16 masterpieces stolen in California

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Oct. 2nd, 2009 | 03:09 pm

Boston Globe recently informed that 13 pictures were stolen from a fashionable health resort Pebble Beach in California. Among these pictures were the masterpieces of Rembrandt, Henri Matisse, Paul Jackson Pollock.

The pictures pertained to Angelo Benjamin Amadio and to Ralph Kennaugh, collectors who had rented a house in Pebble Beach. The collection also included works of Edgar Degas, Renuar and Van Gogh.

In 2002 the stolen collection was valued at $27 million. Today only Pollock already costs from $20 to $80 million.

The thieves stole 30 works of art, 16 of which are expensive pictures of famous artists. Now the owners offer $1 million for getting back the pictures and $5 million for giving information that will help not only to return the works but also to catch the thieves.

It is supposed that the theft was realized by professional thieves as far as only few people knew about Amadio and Kennaugh’s collection. The thieves took no reproductions though among them were  very qualitative ones.

This is already the second shocking theft of art works in California during the last period. In the beginning of September 11 works of Endy Uorchhol’s collection were stolen in Los Angles.

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