On Sunday, August 28, German artist Anselm Kiefer’s Paris-based studio was robbed of about $2.6 million worth of materials, Victoria Stapley-Brown of the Art Newspaper reports. The thieves made off with a lead sculpture of a stack of books that weighed ten tons and was valued at $1.45 million and twelve tons of marble that cost over $1 million.
The authorities arrested two women on charges of attempted theft after they were discovered trying to carry off lead that had been dropped after the burglary took place. In Meaux criminal court on Tuesday, August 30, the two women claimed that they went to the location to rummage through trash and that the lead was too heavy for them to take. Their lawyer argued that there is no evidence proving the women are the perpetrators of the crime. The presiding judge ordered them to be released from custody, but prosecutors plan to appeal.
As Artforum.com previously reported, Kiefer’s Barjac in Gard property in France was robbed in 2008. Burglars stole thirty of the artist’s sculptures.