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The Craziest Art Heists of 2010

Jeff Hindenach | ArtBistro

January 23, 2011

It’s not easy to steal great works of art that are usually heavily guarded, but thieves in 2010 made it look easy.

Over $750 million in art thefts happened this year around the world, an impressive number by any means. Why did so much art get stolen this year? The most common reason for the heists seemed to be a serious lack of security at museums, homes, or storage units.

So, what was the biggest heist? Which pieces of artwork were stolen? How did the thieves pull it off? We have the answers! Here are the top five art heists of 2010.

January 1, 2010: Picasso and Rousseau stolen from house in France

The year in art heists started off with a bang on New Year’s Day in Draguignan, France. Around 30 pieces of art were stolen from a villa in this small town, including a Picasso and Rousseau. The paintings were valued at around $1.4 million.

The owner of the paintings was apparently vacationing in Sweden when the caretaker of the property discovered the theft. Originally, a Modigliani was thought to be missing as well, but it was later found. Phew, thank goodness for small favors!

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