Art: Rogues in the Gallery

A 3 a.m. quiet hung over Paris' Museum of Modern Art one day last week when Guard Antoine Albertini heard a spine-tingling sound coming from the main gallery; he was not a nervous man, but the gallery held most of the 114 famous paintings of the "Masterpieces of the 20th Century" exhibit (TIME, June 2) and they were worth millions. Albertini cat-footed to the doorway and froze in his tracks. Visible in the glow from the windows were two men cutting masterpieces out of their frames with razors. Albertini whipped out his pistol, cried, "Haut les mains!'"

At a nearby police station,...

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