$12 Million Worth of Artworks Stolen From Gallery
Sat, April 10, 2021

$12 Million Worth of Artworks Stolen From Gallery

 

Every country is busy addressing the impacts of COVID-19 as they try to contain the virus and cure those who have been affected. Amidst the shutdowns and death tolls, some thieves took this opportunity to steal millions of art pieces from the Christ Church Picture Gallery at the University of Oxford.

 

Credits: All That’s Interesting

 

The Christ Church Picture Galler boasts its world-class collection which was donated by alumni General John Guise in 1765. The collection included more than 200 paintings and almost 2,000 drawings which were created by some of the world’s most revered and respected artists. These art pieces not only added to the college’s wide array of collections but also allowed students to study art without traveling to other countries to view exquisite pieces up close.

 

Credits: All That’s Interesting

 

Unfortunately, three of the masterpieces, which were created sometime during the 16th and 17th centuries, were recently stolen. This includes Salvator Rosa’s “A Rocky Coast, With Soldiers Studying a Plan,” Anthony Van Dyck’s “A Soldier on Horseback,” and Annibale Carracci’s “A Boy Drinking.” According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the artworks were reportedly worth about $12 million. 

“The artwork has not yet been recovered but a thorough investigation is underway to find it and bring those responsible to justice,” the Thames Valley Police said in a statement.

 

Credits: Oxford Mail

 

The authorities haven’t identified the thieves yet, thus, they are appealing to potential witnesses for any clues that might help with their investigation. They also ordered an increased presence of cops in the area for the meantime. But, this isn’t the first time that the college encountered a burglary. It was reported that cases of burgundy and Pouilly-Fuissé — worth between £1,000 and £2,000 (or $1,200 to $2,400) — had mysteriously gone missing from its fine wine collection. However, the police are not sure if these two cases are related. 

 

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