Stolen Renoir triggers police hunt for three suspects

Artist’s ‘Golfe, mer, falaises vertes’ worth €160,000 taken from Vienna auction house

The painting had been due to go under the hammer on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Courtesy Artnet

The painting had been due to go under the hammer on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Courtesy Artnet

 

Austrian police are searching for three suspects after a painting by Pierre Auguste Renoir valued at up to €160,000 was stolen from a Vienna auction house during opening hours.

Golfe, mer, falaises vertes, a lesser-known landscape by the prolific French impressionist, was taken from its frame on Monday evening while it was on display ahead of a planned sale at the Dorotheum auction house, said police.

“The men left the site through different exits and fled,” said Vienna police. They released pictures of the three suspects taken from security-camera footage, adding that they were “evidently professional”.

The Dorotheum, Vienna’s best-known auction house in the heart of the city, confirmed that a theft had taken place but declined to provide further details.

The painting had been due to go under the hammer on Wednesday evening. – Reuters