Edgar Degas painting stolen from French museum
A painting by French impressionist artist Edgar Degas was stolen from a museum night in Marseille in southern France, the city's prosecutor said.
A painting by French impressionist artist Edgar Degas was stolen from a museum on Wednesday night in Marseille in southern France, the city's prosecutor said.
The painting, named "The Chorus", was worth an estimated 30 million euros ($43.02 million), local media reported.
The work belonged to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and had been loaned to Marseille's Cantini museum for an exhibition that was due to close on Jan. 3.
"The disappearance of this very expensive painting was discovered when the museum opened on Thursday morning. There do not seem to be any signs of breaking and entering," Marseille public prosecutor Jacques Dallest told Reuters.
The Musee d'Orsay, which has been loaning out many works in recent months to raise funds, declined to comment on the theft.
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