Held for questioning in a $2 million theft of Bitcoin-mining computers, Sindri Stefansson soon escaped a low-security facility. But his arrest days later in Amsterdam made him eager to get back.
Security at the Governors Ball are looking for this guy, who grabbed Frances McDormand’s Oscar and ran out with it. Wolfgang Puck’s photographer stopped him, got the Oscar back, and the guy disappeared back into the ball. Apparently Frances has said to let him go. #Oscars #Drama pic.twitter.com/5tlsx4Ulwt
Long-distance bus lines are often checked because they are used by criminal networks to convey drugs. The spokesman said the customs officers did not further question the passengers on the bus, but the investigation would continue.
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Françoise Nyssen, the culture minister, said in a statement that “this fortunate rediscovery of a precious work of art” had reversed what had been a “heavy loss for French Impressionist heritage.”
According to the Culture Ministry, Degas said the painting depicted chorists from the final act of the opera “Don Giovanni.”
The painting was taken in December 2009 from an exhibition at the Musée Cantini in Marseille, where it was on loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. At the time, it was estimated to be worth 800,000 euros.
After the painting was recovered, the Musée d’Orsay confirmed its authenticity. The museum said on its official Twitter account on Friday that it was “delighted.”
Laurence des Cars, the head of the Musée d’Orsay, told Agence France-Presse on Friday that the recovery was a “relief.”
“We had not heard about it since 2009 and we had all the reasons to be worried about its fate,” she said, adding that the painting did not appear to have been damaged.
The discovery was timely, coming shortly after the 100th anniversary of Degas’s death and coinciding with an exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay, which ends this weekend, on the friendship between the painter and Paul Valéry, the French poet and thinker.
French customs officials seized more than 10,000 works of art in 2016, mostly ancient pieces of currency and archaeological artifacts, according to official statistics. In another high-profile case from 2015, customs agents seized a portrait by Picasso from a yacht in the Mediterranean.
Living in an old church means many things. Today it means my house is a Pokémon Go gym. This should be fascinating.
Get off the firing line, Pikachu! That’s a safety violation! pic.twitter.com/WilmXFBHlf