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Van Gogh Painting Stolen from Cairo Museum

Click here to see the full-size painting. 21 August 2010

CAIRO, Egypt -- Thieves broke into the Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Cairo and made off with a Van Gogh painting Vase with Viscaria. While most media outlets have estimated the value of the painting at $50 million or more, this estimate is no doubt greatly exaggerated.

Egyptian authorities began a search of the area, focusing on Cairo's airport. An Italian couple was briefly detained and it was erroneously reported that the Van Gogh painting had been recovered, but this was later refuted.

Ongoing developments:

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