Vermeer's The Concert

Vermeer's The Concert

Friday, March 07, 2008

Stolen Art Watch, Diamond Necklace stolen, $30 million Van Gogh Next ???????

Thieves steal diamond necklace worth US$1.8 million at Dutch arts fair

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Thieves have stolen a diamond necklace worth an estimated US$1.8 million at an arts fair in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht, police said Friday.

Two women from Mexico and a man from Costa Rica suspected of involvement have been arrested, police spokeswoman Renske Hamming said, but the necklace has not been recovered.

Police said the theft was on Thursday afternoon. The vendor selling the necklace noticed it was missing shortly after having a conversation with the two women, but when she ran after them, the man from Costa Rica "who was apparently together with the women blocked her," a police statement said.

All three were arrested before leaving the grounds of the TEFAF fair, but the necklace had vanished.

Hamming said police could not comment further on the ongoing investigation, but did not rule out further arrests.

The necklace was made in 1948 by American jeweller William Ruser.

Representatives of TEFAF, which bills itself as "the world's leading art and antiques fair," could not immediately be reached for comment.

The fair, which runs through March 16, also features a Van Gogh painting, the 1880 "Child With Orange," valued at $30 million.

Art Hostage comments:

Give one woman bail, let her recover the necklace, otherwise her companions get 30 years, that should give the thieves something to think about.

Oh, thanks for the tip about the $30 million Van Gogh being on show until March 16th.

A Balkan Bandit gang are on their way to Maastricht (as I write) to steal the Van Gogh as it is transported at the end of the show.

Sometimes it's better to keep quiet about the offerings at high value art and antiques fairs !!

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