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Goya masterpiece stolen en route to New York

By Chris Kokenes
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- A reward of up to $50,000 has been offered for information leading to the recovery of a painting by a Spanish master that was stolen while being transported to the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.

The theft of the 1778 painting by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes was announced Monday by the Toledo [Ohio] Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, which issued a joint press release.

The painting, "Children with a Cart," is owned by the Toledo Museum, and is insured for more than $1 million dollars.

According to the release, it was discovered missing last week while being transported from Toledo to the Guggenheim, where it was to go on display later this week as part of an exhibition of Spanish art. The piece was being transported by a professional art mover.

The museums said the painting was taken through the Scranton, Pennsylvania, area en route to New York, and the FBI in Philadelphia was involved in the probe.

"We are pursing all logical leads and tips in this investigation," said Jerri Williams, an FBI spokeswoman in Philadelphia.

"It appears they knew what they were doing," she said, when asked if the theft was random or the work of a professional.



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