Twenty works by Germany's greatest Renaissance painter, woodcarver and engraver have been stolen in Canada's biggest aver art robbery.
CUs PAN Durer woodcut reproductions (2 shots)
SCU Reproduction of Durer work
CU PULL OUT Empty walls with reproduction left
CU Shattered glass on floor TILT UP TO door with broken glass PAN AROUND exhibit hall
SV & CU's Picture (3 shots)
CU Art professor Bill Mitchell taking to reporter
GV & SV PAN Gallery with copies
JOHNSON: "The woodcuts and etchings were made in the early 1500's by the German artist Albrecht Durer. Twenty prints were on loan to the University of Calgary gallery, along with reproductions of other Durer works. But the thieves recognised the reproductions and left them behind. They also recognised the vulnerability of the gallery. They smashed a window in the gallery door and just reached inside to open it. There are no alarms, and security guards look in only once a day on the weekends. That's surprisingly low security, considering the value of the prints, and the ease with which thieves can dispose of them underground.
JOHNSON: "Would you think it's fairly common knowledge that a Durer print can be easily marketed underground?"
MITCHELL: "Well, any print is very easy to market and to sell. When you think of the development of the print as a popular art media part of the nature of...indistinct...is that it's so portable. You can roll them up and mail them in a tube. You can put them in a plain, brown envelope."
JOHNSON: "It's the second theft at the gallery in six months, and the university is concerned that top quality art exhibits will be frightened away in future. Chris Johnson, CBC News, Calgary."
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Background: Twenty works by Germany's greatest Renaissance painter, woodcarver and engraver have been stolen in Canada's biggest aver art robbery. The works by Albrecht Durer, who died in 1528, included original woodcuts, etchings and engravings. One art expert conservatively valued the works at 750,000 Canadian dollars. Police throughout the country were alerted on Monday (23 August) when the weekend theft was discovered. Chris Johnon describes how the pictures were stolen, and speaks to art professor Bill Mitchell.