“I put my suitcase with seven paintings to the furnace with wood, slippers and other footwear and waited until everyone is safely burned.”
October 16, 2012 from the Art Museum Kunsthal (Rotterdam, Netherlands) were abducted by seven of the most valuable paintings. Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Lucian Freud, Meyer de Hahn.
July 16, 2013, Interfax reported recognition in court the mother of one of the six suspects in the theft, who decided to destroy the evidence. Masterpieces of Impressionism were burned to the ground.
This story is worthy of a Hollywood script. After the pictures were already in the hands of robbers, one of them, Radu Dogaru, handed them to her mother’s custody. That first hid the suitcase with the paintings in an abandoned house and then buried him in the local cemetery. A month later, when in the village began searches, she was terrified for the fate of his son, dug a suitcase and destroyed evidence. The great legacy of Impressionism era were burned in the oven with wood, slippers and other utensils. The whole world until recently was hoping that she gives false testimony to protect his son from prison. But the experts found in the same ash particles of paint and canvas, and metal and copper nails, some of which were made before the start of the XX century.
Theft at the Museum Rotterdam is one of the largest, made over the past few years. Following were 25 detectives – as much as in Europe generally are investigating the most brutal murder. The paintings were vynesny from the museum in less than two minutes, half an hour they turned to ashes – in such a short period of time, the world has lost forever the great heritage of the acknowledged masters of fine arts.