Two Italian fellows tried to nonchalantly walk out of the Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Cairo today with the Van Gogh painting ‘Poppy Flowers’ worth $50 million. Surprisingly they actually made it out with the piece undetected, by cutting the canvas from it’s frame, only to be caught at the Cairo Airport.
This is not the first time this painting has been stolen. Back in 1978 ‘Poppy Flowers’ was heisted from the same museum and finally found nearly two years later in Kuwait.
I think it’s time for the museum to put better security in place. Don’t you agree?
Edit: As of August 23, officials say the painting is still missing.