Armed Robbers Steal Magritte Painting
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 09-25-09
Olympia, 1948

On Sept. 24, 2009 two armed robbers broke into the Rene Magritte Museum in Brussels, holding museum staff and visitors at gunpoint shortly after it opened at 10am in broad daylight. They forced museum employees to lay on the grass in the courtyard and proceeded to climb the glass panel that was protecting the painting. They fled on foot, then left the scene in a car. The painting "Olympia" (1948) is estimated to be worth four million euros. It depicts Magritte's wife Georgette lying nude with a shell on her stomach. The museum is currently checking for fingerprints and will remain open by appointment only.

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