Sunday, August 22, 2010

Egyptian minister says Van Gogh picture still missing

Van Gogh painting worth $50 Million still missing according to Egyptian minister.

The same painting was previously taken from the same museum in 1978, but recovered a decade later in Kuwait.

Police questioned museum staff and security was tightened at air and sea ports across Egypt in the wake of the theft.

The work, measuring 30cm by 30cm(1ft by 1ft), and depicting yellow and red flowers, is believed to have been painted by Vincent Van Gogh in 1887, three years before his death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

The Mahmoud Khalil Museum was built by an Egyptian politician of the same name in the 1930s, and also holds works by Monet, Renoir and Degas.

Poppy Flowers and Vase And Flowers is not even one of Van Gogh's more popular paintings, and it's worth $50 Mil? Yet Vincent died penniless. Dark irony defined.


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