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Friday, December 15, 2017

Auction House Employees Get Jail Time for Stealing Artworks

Hotel Drouot. Hotel Drouot. Wikimedia Commons

Thirty employees of the prestigious French auction house, Drouot, have been sentenced to between eighteen months and three years in prison. The group was found guilty of stealing millions of dollars worth of art and other treasures that were headed for the auction block, and then selling them at the very same auction house. The offenders stole works by Gustave Courbet, Marc Chagall, and Henri Matisse, as well as jewelry and items from the estate of the Irish furniture designer, Eileen Gray.

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