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Theft during transport – Koloman Moser masterpiece disappeared en route to UK

http://austrianindependent.com/news/General_News/2011-01-04/5833/Koloman_Moser_masterpiece_disappeared_en_route_to_UK

A painting bought in an auction in Vienna for more than 100,000 Euros was stolen during transport to the United Kingdom, it has been reported.

Viennese newspaper Heute reports today (Tues) that a self portrait by late Austrian artist Koloman Moser has been reported as missing. The painting was purchased by a London-based man for 116,200 Euros at the Dorotheum auction house in Austrian capital Vienna. The Briton assigned an international shipping company to transport the piece of art to London – but the painting never arrived.

The report in Heute did not make clear whether police know where and when the painting from 1915 was stolen.

Moser is, alongside with Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, regarded as one of Austria’s greatest artists of the early 20th century.

The Dorotheum is one of the most important auction houses in the world. Its Viennese representation achieved a turnover of 143 million Euros last year. The Dorotheum, which was founded in 1707, is also doing business in the Czech Republic, Germany and Italy.

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