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Friday, December 15, 2006

French Busts Lifted

Thieves have made off with six bronze busts from the famous Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris—including that of Carmen composer Georges Bizet.

The busts dated from the second half of the 19th century and were made by well-known artists of the time. Each is worth between €5,000 and €10,000.
Jean-Claude Hitz, a trade union representative for Paris cemetery workers said that although efforts had been made to provide security for the Père-Lachaise, "20 or so wardens were not enough ... at a site whose five gates are open to the public, where the landscape is hilly and where someone can hide behind a cross or a tombstone, out of sight". [Link]
[Photo credit: 1993 Bizet by majorbonnet]

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