(ANSA) – A masterpiece by French painter Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was stolen on Tuesday evening Vein just before the auction. The blow was made by three thieves in the prestigious Dorotheum auction house, the largest and most important in Central Europe, which sells about 250,000 properties a year.
At about 5:15 pm they entered a historic building in the center of the Austrian capital and, as if nothing had happened, removed the picture from the frame and left it. Despite the alarm, the police did not arrive on time. According to the spokesman for the Vienna police Patrick Maierhofer, "it was a professional job." Thieves who seemed very athletic were perpetuated by the chambers of Dorotheum.
Then they left the building on several exits. The representative of Dorotheum, Doris Krumpl, confirmed that the stolen work was “Golfe, mer, falaises mertes”, signed by Renoir in 1895, a landscape with a size of 27 by 40 centimeters at a price ranging from 120,000 to 160,000 euros (from 135,000 to 180 000 euro dollars). Krumpl further stated that this robbery is completely unusual.
“Dorotheum” has extensive security measures, our works of art are insured, and in recent decades the paintings have not been stolen, ”said a spokesman. The painting was part of an auction called "Classic of Modernism", which will be carried out in accordance with the plan after the removal of Renoir's painting from the list of works for sale.