Renoir painting stolen before auction near Paris

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Auguste Renoir’s “Portrait d’une jeune fille blonde” or portrait of a young, blond girl was due to be sold at auction in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris on Sunday with an estimate of between €25,000 to €30,000, Deutsche Welle reports.

But on Saturday a thief walked in, took the 14-centimeter-by-2-centimeter (5-inch-by-4 inch) oil on canvas off the wall where it was on display and walked out of the building without being seen.

Yvelines departmental police are studying video security images as part of their search for the culprit.

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