The international world of art and the media are currently in an uproar over today’s announced discovery of various missing masterpieces of art and other precious “properties” including ancient antiquities, famed paintings and stored pieces of artwork all of which museum workers are currently estimating to be worth over 670 million U.S. dollars.
The Louvre is currently closed down to all visitors indefinitely until investigations carried out by the Police Nationale are concluded at the site.
Throngs of tourists and other visitors were kept out by more than a dozen police officers earlier this morning attracting attention particularly from the local media.
One hour later, Louvre director Henri Loyrette himself came out and stated to reporters that “the museum will be closed until further notice due to a notable absence of multiple properties.”
Mr. Loyrette was sighted being accompanied by a French policeman and presumably one of his personal staff by teams of reporters from news agencies including BBC, Reuters, & La Monde right outside of the museum two hours after.
He could not be reached for further comment. However, a worker who identified herself only as Geneviève said that numerous pieces of art and other objects were found missing in storage and even in displays.
A trio of workers who were seen being released by interrogating policemen were besieged by reporters to who they quickly told that “more than 500 million euros worth of stuff” could be missing.
Authorities have not yet declared the end of initial investigations leading to speculation on whether or not this was the 21st century’s greatest heist or perhaps an astounding human error in misplacing the museum’s possessions.
(Cover Photo: Paul Garland/La Monde)