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Basquiat painting stolen from Paris home

A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the world's most coveted contemporary artists, has been stolen from an apartment in Paris, police said on Saturday.

Basquiat painting stolen from Paris home
"Mater" by Jean-Michel Basquiat, not thought to be the painting stolen. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Although police did not release the name of the painting, French media said it was worth around $10 million.

Police said there had been no sign of a break-in at the apartment located close to the Elysee presidential palace and that the owner, a woman, was away when the painting disappeared. She is in the process of divorcing, the prosecutor's office added.

Basquiat, an American artist of Haitian-Puerto Rican descent, died in 1988 at age 27. In 2013 his painting Dustheads fetched a record $48.8 million at an auction in New York.

A movie on his life, Basquiat, was released in 1996 to critical acclaim.

 

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Cash delivery van driver disappears in France with €1 million

The driver of an armoured cash delivery van disappeared outside Paris early on Monday along with an estimated one million euros, police sources told AFP.

Cash delivery van driver disappears in France with €1 million
File photo: AFP
The 28-year-old man had stopped in front of a Western Union office at around 6:00 am (0500 GMT) in Aubervilliers, a suburb just north of the capital, and stayed behind the wheel as two of his colleagues went inside.
   
“When they came back out, the van and the driver were gone,” one of the sources said.
 
The van was found soon afterwards a few blocks away with its doors wide open, but the driver and the bags of cash, worth some $1.13 million, were nowhere to be found.
   
The two other employees had not been injured, the source said.
   
Loomis, the armoured van company, did not return calls seeking comment.
   
An inquiry has been opened by France's anti-gang squad.
 
The last major such heist was in November 2009 when Toni Musulin fled in the armoured van he was driving with at least 11.5 million euros in cash collected from a Bank of France building in Lyon.
   
He was caught after a little more than a week on the run.
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