Paintings worth R10m stolen from museum

2012-11-11 22:59

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Pretoria - Five paintings valued at about R10m were stolen from the Pretoria Art Museum in Arcadia on Sunday morning, Gauteng police said.

Three men had paid an admission fee of R10 to enter the museum where they pretended to be viewing some of the artworks, Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

"Once inside, they pointed a firearm at the person at the counter and demanded certain paintings," she said.

The robbers seemed to have a "shopping list".

Beeld reports that it included Irma Stern's Fishing Boats, painted in 1931, and Street Scene by Gerard Sekoto.

Eyewitness News earlier reported that the robbers had left one of the painting behind when it didn't fit in their Caddy getaway car.

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