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Art Thieves Take Rodin Bust in Broad Daylight from Danish Museum
Posing as tourists, two men robbed a Copenhagen museum in broad daylight and stole an Auguste Rodin bronze bust sculpture titled “The Man with the Broken Nose (1863)", valued at $300,000. Removing the bust from its pedestal and slipping it into a paper bag took 12 minutes. Danish police are still looking for the suspects.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)
Photographer Accidently Lets Tiger Loose During Detroit Photoshoot
British photographer David Yarrow had planned to photograph wild animals including a tiger, as well as wolves, in the ruins of Detroit’s Packard Plant. The tiger escaped and hid in a staircase until police shut down the photoshoot. A local resident attempted to remove the tiger from the staircase by using the noise of a weedwhacker to scare it back into its original place, but stopped when the tiger became angry. The Plant’s project manager was not informed that there would be wild animals on set.
Read the full story (Detroit Free Press)
ISIS Beheads Palmyra's Former Chief of Antiquities
From 1963 to 2003 Khaled al-Assad served as the director general of the Palmyra Directorate of Antiquities and Museums. After having been captured and interrogated on the location of artifacts that had been moved in the hopes of saving them from ISIS, he was murdered in the public square when he refused to provide information. The 82-year-old archaeologist was highly respected in his field and was a fixture of Palmyra’s community.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)