In what is being described as one of the biggest art thefts in Denmark in the past few years, two men stole a bust by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, in Copenhagen, last month. According to an AP report, Danish police are now searching for the two men suspected of having taken the sculpture.
Made in 1863, the patina bronze bust, titled The Man with the Broken Nose, is estimated to be worth at least $300,000. “It is terrible,” Flemming Friborg, the museum’s director, told the Danish newspaper Politiken yesterday. “We lost an important work in the collection.”
In a statement today, chief investigator Ove Randrup said that the Danish police are searching in Denmark and abroad for two men with “eastern European features” who may have neutralized the alarm nine days prior to the theft, allowing them to walk out of the museum with the bust during normal operating hours. Though the suspects were caught on surveillance footage, the Danish police have yet to publicly identify the two men.