Armed robbers steal Dali painting from Dutch museum

AMSTERDAM Fri May 1, 2009 6:34pm BST

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Armed robbers stole two paintings from a Dutch museum on Friday, one of them a piece by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali, police said.

Several masked robbers walked into the Scheringa Museum for Realist Art in Spanbroek, a village north of Amsterdam, at around midday on Friday and took two paintings from the wall, threatening museum staff with a gun, police said in a statement.

The paintings taken were a 1941 Dali piece entitled 'Adolescence' and Polish art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka's 'La Musicienne', painted in 1929, which are both owned by the Dutch museum.

The robbers ran out with the paintings and drove off in a small black car, police said.

(Reporting by Catherine Hornby)

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