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Monday, July 16, 2007

Picasso Heist in the P-I

posted by on July 16 at 11:27 AM

Some Picasso etchings were stolen from a Bellevue gallery last week, and the P-I is all over it. Embedded in their story about the robbery last week, they had a slide-scroll pentaptych—four surveillance images and a police sketch—of the woman who police say distracted a gallery employee while her two cronies came in and lifted the works off the wall. Small version (so it fits here):


And here’s a sextaptych (can that please be a word?) of the cronies in action:


(Follow this link and you can see these better.)

Meanwhile, P-I art critic Regina Hackett, over on her blog, has the tip that the lady in the sketch might have shown up at Howard House. “Howard said he recognized the alleged culprit from the police sketch in the P-I.

Seattle Times did a story too, but it lacked slide-scroll polyptychs, the info the P-I about how much similar pieces had recently sold for, etc. And does the Seattle Times even have an art blog? I just spent a couple minutes on their site and can’t find one.

(Unrelated, from the archives: Remember this local art heist?)

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Two Picassos have been liberated from Bellevue Square. !Viva la revolucion!

Posted by DOUG. | July 16, 2007 12:25 PM

try polyptych, christopher.

Posted by seattle spelling bee | July 16, 2007 1:22 PM

No, "sextaptych" can't be a word. Pentaptych is penta- (five) + -ptych (fold), both Greek parts (and sex- is Latin). The Greek-origin prefix for six is hexa-, so the word would be "hexaptych." I know, not as funny-sounding. Sorry.

Too bad about the Picassos, but that guy produced so much work, what's a few lost sketches?

Posted by Andy | July 16, 2007 1:22 PM

nice rack. it would distract me.

Posted by maxsolomon | July 16, 2007 1:53 PM

is it me or does the well-racked lady-thief look like britney spears?

Posted by stacy | July 16, 2007 6:11 PM

What did they do when they recognized her? Did someone approach her or did they catch her or just let her go? If they didn't get her it's kind of stupid to publicize that they recognized her. Now she knows the heat is on and may figure out how to beat it.

Posted by getem | July 17, 2007 1:17 PM

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