Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Cairo art heist: museums to be monitored

The thieves who made off with van Gogh's 'Poppy Flowers' in a daytime Cairo art heist were not met with alarms or guards. The head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said Egypt would create a central security office.

When the Vincent van Gogh still life “Poppy Flowers” was stolen from Egypt’s Mahmoud Khalil museum Saturday, no one noticed at first. Zahi Hawas, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in a statement Tuesday that Egypt would create a central security office to monitor its museums, and that Culture Minister Farouk Hosni would review museum security procedures.

Read more: The Christian Science Monitor

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