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Damien Hirst paintings stolen from London gallery

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LONDON -- British police say two Damien Hirst paintings together valued at £33,000 ($54,000) have been stolen from a London art gallery.

The Metropolitan Police says the two signed paintings were taken from the Exhibitionist Gallery in west London in the early hours of Monday. The works are among Hirst's series of "spot" paintings, covered in multicoloured dots.

Detective Sgt. Jon Lightfoot appealed Wednesday for witnesses who might have seen a dark-coloured hatchback car with polka-dot paintings in the back driving from the area to come forward.

Hirst is one of Britain's best-known and wealthiest living artists, famous for his pickled sharks and rotting animal installations as well as his paintings. In 2008, a Sotheby's auction of his work netted almost $200 million, a record for a living artist.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 12, 2013 C14

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