Rodin Thinker Found After Dutch Heist
THE HAGUE, Jan. 22, 2007—A Rodin Thinker, one of seven bronze statues stolen from the garden of the Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam last week, was found badly damaged on Jan. 19, police said.
The statue, the only one of the seven yet to be recovered, will be returned to the museum as soon as it is allowed by the authorities conducting the investigation.
Dutch police arrested two men on Jan. 18 in connection with the theft of the statues a day earlier. The thieves smashed through the museum's garden fence with a vehicle Wednesday and ignored iron statues, indicating they may have been after the bronze for their value as metal.
The museum said the statues cannot be sold on the commercial art market as they are well documented. It did not disclose their value.
The museum is in the former home of late U.S. artist and steel heir William Singer.
Copyright 2007 Agence France-Presse
They only wanted to steal it because it was made out of bronze, and it's 90 kilogrammes would have been worth around €450,-. The statue, however, is insured for a price of €1,000,000.- and the last sold copy of the same statue was worth twice as much. And now this one is in a very bad state because of a lousy €450,-. His rightleg and leftarm have disappeared, his torso and head are covered in deep cuts and his head has turned around because of the heath of the idiots "work". It has lost all it's worth now, and I'm not speaking of it's money value, but of it's artistic value. People like that should be locked away.
Also, seriously... who DOESN'T know The Thinker by Rodin and could have vaguely assumed it was probably worth a little more than the bronze-price alone? At least then it would still be in one piece!