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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 09:22 AM

$500 million burglary nets stamps and calligraphy in Hong Kong

A brazen Hong Kong burglar made off with a collection of stamps and calligraphy worth a reported $500 million in a daylight heist, a police source said Wednesday.

The thief struck an apartment belonging to Chinese collector Fu Chunxiao in the city's bustling Kowloon district and took just two hours to steal the staggering haul, the source told AFP.

According to the South China Morning Post daily, the stolen goods were worth HK$4 billion ($516 million) and included calligraphy by Chairman Mao Zedong, five extremely valuable antique stamps and revolutionary items from mainland China.

Fu, a member of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society, was in mainland China at the time of the burglary on Thursday September 10, said the police source, who asked not to be named.


Wonder whether this is a record haul for burglary?

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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 09:49 AM

1. The 13 artworks stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1991...

...are valued at $500 million at the least. The estimate is driven by The Concerta, a painting by Vermeer, one of only ~34 known to be extant. They also took 2 Rembrandt works, including the only seascape he is known to have painted.

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