The stolen works of art that were cut from their frames include Picasso's The Pigeon with the Peas, Amedeo Modigliani's Woman with a Fan, Georges Braque's Olive Tree near Estaque, Henri Matisse's Pastoral and Fernand Leger's Still Life with Chandeliers.
Indeed, a similar theft took place in 1990 at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The 13 stolen works of art that were cut from their frames have yet to be recovered. The museum is offering a reward of $5 million for information leading to the recovery of the missing works in good condition.
The theft comes only a few weeks after Picasso's 1932 masterpiece, "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust" was sold for $106.5 million, a world record auction price for any work of art. The painting, which was from the collection of Mrs. Sidney F. Brody, was sold by Christies New York.