Portrait of a Young Girl with Blond Hair, a small painting by French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, was stolen from an auction house in the Paris suburb of Saint-Germain-en-Laye on Saturday, AFP reports. The oil painting measures 5.5 inches by 4.5 inches and features the initials “A. R.” in its top left-hand corner. It was listed in a catalogue showcasing works that were auctioned in a sale that took place on Sunday, the day after the crime.
According to police, the painting, estimated to be worth between $30,000 and $35,000, was on exhibit when it was taken. The thief lifted the piece from a wall and was able to leave the premises unnoticed.