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Tragic and Bizarre Art Disaster

This infuriates me. Stéphane Breitwieser is a prodigous art thief, who has admitted to the theft of 172 different works of art from museums all over Europe. He kept the pieces in a collection in his bedroom. But when he was arrested last year, his mother threw the collection away, destroying most of the works. This NY Times article has more (free registration required--you can use "songdog.net" for username and password).

Via caterina.net


I was also infuriated by the flippant tone of the headline -- I'm thinking of writing them a letter. Have they been bought by Murdoch or something? I don't recall the TImes greeting the destruction of the Bamiyan statues with a headline like "Boom! Big Buddhas Go Bye-Bye!" or "Statues? We Don't Need No Stinking Statues!"

According to a NY Times follow-up piece the neighbors were pretty disinterested in the whole thing. I saw this one posted on Metafilter.

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