Are Art Thieves Getting Bolder?

By Eleanor Barkhorn
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Five paintings worth more than $100 millionwere stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern Art Wednesday night. The missing works included masterpieces by Picasso and Matisse, Georges Braque, Amedeo Modigliani, and Fernand LĂ©ger.

This Paris theft is just the latest in a string of recent, high-profile art heists. After armed robbers took Edvard Munch's The Scream from the Munch Museum, in Oslo, Norway in 2004, The Atlantic asked if art thieves had gotten bolder—citing an Interpol statistic that put stolen cultural property as the world's third most lucrative black market.

For a list of other notable art thefts from the past 25 years, click here.

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