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Renoir painting stolen from Vienna's Dorotheum auction house
World | culture | 10:52, 29 November 2018 | 1009

AKIPRESS.COM - A painting by Pierre Auguste Renoir valued at up to 160,000 euros (£141,000) has been stolen from a Vienna auction house, Sky News reports.

The Golfe, Mer, Falaises Vertes, a lesser-known landscape by the prolific French impressionist, was snatched by three men from its frame on display on Monday ahead of a planned sale at the Dorotheum auction house.

A police spokesman said: "The men left the site through different exits and fled."

They released pictures of the three suspects taken from security-camera footage and added the heist had been professional.

The Dorotheum, Vienna's best-known auction house in the heart of the city, confirmed that a theft had taken place but would not provide further details.

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