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Theft Degas from French Museum may have been an inside job.

$48m art theft may have been inside job
From: AFP January 01, 2010 2:21AM
A PAINTING by 19th century artist Edgar Degas worth 30 million euros ($48.15 million) was stolen overnight from a French museum.
The colourful image of singers performing on a theatre stage was missing when staff opened up the Cantini Museum in the southern port city of Marseille, prosecutor Jacques Dallest said.
Loaned by the Orsay museum in Paris for an exhibition featuring some 20 works by Degas, it measures 32 X 27cm and could have been smuggled out after being unscrewed from the wall.
“As far as I know there was no break-in,” he said, adding that suspicions were focussing on an intruder, a visitor to the exhibition or an inside job.
Museum officials confirmed the theft but refused to identify the work, known either as “the chorus” or “the players”.
“Its value is incalculable,” one member of staff said, while city councillor Maurice Di Nocera, responsible for organising major events in Marseille, called the theft “a disaster for the museum”.

$48m art theft may have been inside jobFrom: AFP January 01, 2010 2:21AMA PAINTING by 19th century artist Edgar Degas worth 30 million euros ($48.15 million) was stolen overnight from a French museum.The colourful image of singers performing on a theatre stage was missing when staff opened up the Cantini Museum in the southern port city of Marseille, prosecutor Jacques Dallest said.Loaned by the Orsay museum in Paris for an exhibition featuring some 20 works by Degas, it measures 32 X 27cm and could have been smuggled out after being unscrewed from the wall.”As far as I know there was no break-in,” he said, adding that suspicions were focussing on an intruder, a visitor to the exhibition or an inside job.Museum officials confirmed the theft but refused to identify the work, known either as “the chorus” or “the players”.”Its value is incalculable,” one member of staff said, while city councillor Maurice Di Nocera, responsible for organising major events in Marseille, called the theft “a disaster for the museum”.

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