(ANSA) – The French painter Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was stolen Tuesday night Vienna before an auction. The blows were made by three robbers at the prestigious Dorotheum auction house, the largest and most important in Central Europe, which sells about 250,000 items per year.
At 5:15 a.m., they entered the historic center of the Austrian capital and, as if nothing had happened, they were removed from the painting frame and left. Despite the alarm, the police did not arrive. According to the Vienna Police spokesman, Patrick Maierhofer, "was a professional profession." The thieves were immortalized by the Dorotheum chambers.
Then, they left the building to make several departures. The Dorotheum spokeswoman, Doris Krumpl, confirmed the stolen work "Golfe, mer, falaises mertes", signed by Renoir in 1895, a 40-centimeter leo landscape of 27 centimeters, ranging from 120,000 to 160,000 euros (135,000 to 180,000 dollars). Krumple has stated that this robbery is very unusual.
Dorotheum "has extensive safety measures, our works are insured and in the last decades it has not been stolen," said the spokeswoman. He participated in an auction called "Classical Modernism" after removing it from the list of sales of the Renoir painting.