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Sydney, Australia: Paintings snatched in million-dollar art heist

Paintings snatched in million-dollar art heist

Updated August 13, 2010 14:06:00

Thieves have made off with 18 valuable artworks which were hanging in an eastern Sydney home.

The paintings were taken from the house in the exclusive Darling Point area some time between Saturday and Tuesday this week.

Detectives say the works by artists such as Charles Blackman, Norman Lindsay and Pro Hart are worth between $1.5 million and $2 million.

They say the paintings were hung throughout the property and the thieves removed some of them from their frames.

Two televisions and phones were also taken in what police believe was a heist involving at least two people.

Police are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen suspicious behaviour around New Beach Road between Saturday and Tuesday.

They say the artworks are all unique and should attract attention if anyone tries to sell them.

Detective Inspector John Maricic says police are working with the art community to find the paintings, but there are fears they have already left the country.

“[These are] well known Australian artists,” he said.

“We believe that to retain them here would serve perhaps no value and we believe that perhaps they’ve been distributed elsewhere.”

The paintings are:

• Victoria And Moonlight by Charles Blackman
• Dreamer In The Glen by David Boyd
• Nasturtiams, Iris And Blue Vase by Chris Canning
• Tree Of Life by John Coburn
• The Crimson Scarf by Janet Cumbrae Stewart
• The Girl In White by Robert Dickerson
• The Red Gown by Judy Drew
• The Red Silk Robe by Judy Drew
• Wild Orchids by Pro Hart
• Rita Of The Seventies by Norman Lindsay
• Seated Nude by Norman Lindsay
• Gloria by Norman Lindsay
• Tug Boat, Williamstown Port by John Perceval
• Adieu Australia by Garry Shead
• Capricorn Haze by Tim Storrier
• Little Blue Bay, Sirius Cove, Sydney by Arthur Streeton
• Nude With Blue Drape by Dora Lynell Wilson
An 18th work was confirmed stolen today.

Anyone with information should contact detectives via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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