How does this even happen?! A man in Paris last night stole paintings worth over $100 million Euros last night from the Paris Museum of Modern Art, across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower. That sounds like something from National Treasure or The DaVinci Code!

The security system in the museum had been disabled and one lone masked man was seen on surveillance video. According to USA Today, the paintings that were stolen were:

  • “Le pigeon aux petits-pois” (The Pigeon with the Peas) an ochre and brown Cubist oil painting by Pablo Picasso – $23 million Euro estimated worth
  • “La Pastorale” (Pastoral), an oil painting of nudes on a hillside by Henri Matisse – $15 million Euro estimated worth
  • “L’olivier pres de l’Estaque” (Olive Tree near Estaque) by Georges Braque
  • “La femme a l’eventail” (Woman with a Fan) by Amedeo Modigliani
  • “Nature-mort aux chandeliers” (Still Life with Chandeliers) by Fernand Leger

Given the estimated value of the paintings, the artists, and the high profile museum, it’s being referred to as the biggest art heists in history!

The director of another modern art museum nearby (Palais de Tokyo), Pierre Cornette de Saint-Cyr, said the following on LCI television:

“You cannot do anything with these paintings. All countries in the world are aware, and no collector is stupid enough to buy a painting that, one, he can’t show to other collectors, and two, risks sending him to prison. In general, you find these paintings. These five paintings are un-sellable, so thieves, sirs, you are imbeciles, now return them.”

The other paintings stolen were ; ; and .