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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Stolen Art Watch, Noortman Revisited ??????

Creditors Seize Dutch Museum’s Art Collection

SPANBROEK, Netherlands—Officials at the Scheringa Museum of Realist Art say that ABN Amro Bank has seized 130 paintings from its collection, reportedly to cover a $48 million loan that the museum’s namesake owner — Dirk Scheringa, president of the DSB Bank — has failed to repay.
The paintings were owned by DSB Beheer, which owns DSB Bank and was declared bankrupt this week. It now appears that Dirk Scheringa pledged the paintings at the museum as collateral for the loan.
Officials at the museum estimated the total value of the works at $60 million.

May 2009:

Armed robbers steal paintings from Dutch museum

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Masked gunmen stole two paintings from a Dutch museum Friday, including a work by surrealist Salvador Dali, officials said.

Police said several robbers threatened a guard at the Scheringa Museum for Realism in Spanbroek with a gun before making off with two paintings. Nobody was injured.

The robbers took “Adolescence,” a 1941 gouache by Dali and “La Musicienne,” an oil painting from 1929 by Polish-born art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, the museum said in a statement.

The paintings’ value was not released, but the museum says they are among the top works in its collection.

The Dali painting was 18 x 12 inches (45 by 30 centimeters) and the De Lempicka’s was 46 x 29 inches (116 by 73 centimeters).

“We deeply regret the theft and hope the works are traced soon,” according to a statement from the museum, which is 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Amsterdam.

The Dali painting shows a landscape in which a woman’s face can be seen — her lips and nose are formed by the back of a seated woman and her eyes are part of two hills in the background.

The Lempicka shows a woman in a vivid blue dress playing a mandolin-like instrument.

The museum houses the art collection of wealthy Dutch banker Dirk Scheringa and his wife.

Art Hostage Comments;

Timing is everything !!

Noortman anybody ??????

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