Thieves swiped an $18 million 17th century painting known as “Two Laughing Boys” from a museum within the Netherlands this week — the third time the paintings has been stolen, authorities stated.
The 1626 canvas by Dutch Golden Age grasp Frans Hals was swiped throughout a housebreaking on the Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden museum in Leerdam early Wednesday, police stated Thursday.
Thieves beforehand stole the painting, depicting two laughing boys with a mug of beer, from the identical museum in 2011 and 1988. It was recovered after six months and three years, respectively.
“Round 3:30 a.m. the alarm went off, and brokers went straight to the museum,” police stated in an announcement, calling for witnesses. “After the museum’s supervisor may grant entry to the world and constructing, it emerged that the again door had been compelled open and one painting had been stolen.”
Authorities known as on forensic investigators and artwork theft consultants for an “intensive investigation,” they added.
Dutch artwork detective Arthur Model — dubbed the “Indiana Jones of the artwork world” — tweeted that “the hunt is on” after “this essential and treasured painting” was stolen on the 54th anniversary of Hals’ loss of life.
Model estimated that the painting is value round $18 million, based on Dutch broadcaster RTL Nieuws.
“Criminals know that main museums have enough safety,” he informed the outlet, including that smaller regional museums won’t. “They most likely concluded it’s value some huge cash, and it’s comparatively simple to steal.”
The theft marked the second time a painting was stolen from a Dutch museum closed to the general public as a result of COVID-19.
Again in March, burglars swiped the Vincent van Gogh painting “Parsonage Backyard at Nuenen in Spring” from the Singer Laren Museum on what would have been the painter’s 167th birthday.
With Submit wires