The first Oscar won by Charlie Chaplin has been stolen in a raid in Paris
Thieves broke into a business premises before making off with the award which the silent movies star won in 1929 for The Circus, Daily Express reports.
The 13½in, 24 carat gold-plated Oscar is thought to be worth more than £1million.
It is unclear how the Academy Award ended up in the French capital but a Paris police unit specialising in art theft is now investigating.
A police spokesman said it was likely the “sophisticated thieves” had inside knowledge.
A set of pens also belonging to Chaplin, each worth tens of thousands of pounds, was also taken.