Four Filla paintings stolen from chateau

18-11-2011

Four paintings by the early Cubist painter Emil Filla were stolen from the Peruc Chateau in Northern Bohemia, apparently on Thursday night. Police put the value of the reportedly the uninsured paintings at tens of millions of crowns, but have declined to provide any specific information as an investigation is underway. The chateau, where the Czech avant-garde artist lived after WWII, was sold five years ago, along with its gallery, to British buyers, who the local mayor says provided good security. The work of Emil Filla is among the most expensive auctioned in the Czech Republic, with one painting sold last year for over 16 million crowns.