News is emerging today (15 February 2012) of the theft in October 2011, from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, of two pieces, one of them a "Persian low relief of the head of a guard, dating from the fifth century BC. It is made of sandstone, and estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars". According to the Montreal Gazette: "The Persian piece – donated to the MMFA by Cleveland Morgan in 1950..."
Two valuable artifacts stolen from Montreal museum
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Video of a suspect has been released
Uploaded by themontrealgazette on Feb 14, 2012
Surveillance video of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from Oct. 26, 2011 shows a suspect in the museum that police and the museum believe may have stolen two archaeological sculptures, a Persian bas relief and a Roman head of a man that are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. British-based AXA Art, which is insuring the objects, hopes the public will recognize the individual and call police. The company is offering substantial rewards for the return of the objects and for the arrest of the suspect.
The insurance company, misidentifying the object as "Assyrian" is offering a reward
Theft at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
AXA ART OFFERING SUBSTANTIAL REWARD FOR SAFE RECOVERY OF RARE ARTIFACTSAn Assyrian low relief and a marble head dating from the Roman Empire, both rare and valuable, have been mysteriously stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). AXA ART is offering a substantial reward, subject to specific conditions, for information leading to the safe recovery of the items, which were stolen in October. Additional rewards are also offered of up to CAN$10,000 for anyone able to identify either of the two individuals caught on CCTV. Please see below for the full press release and detailed images.
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