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Dznefreek
10-02-2003, 03:30 PM
'Masterpiece' Paintings Of Mickey Mouse Swiped

LAS VEGAS -- There's nothing Mickey Mouse about these stolen paintings.

The director of the Lassen Galerie in Las Vegas says two paintings featuring the Disney mascot that were lifted from his Vegas strip establishment are together worth nearly $800,000.

Paul Olsen said his biggest fear is that the crook may not realize the true value of "Seaside Romance" and "Sorcerer of the Seas."

"They're not just Mickey Mouse paintings; they are masterpieces," said Olson.

In fact, Olson said he hopes the thief is an art collector who appreciates and admires the Christian Riese Lassen paintings.

"Somebody that knows art will never trash it," he said.

The 30-by-20-inch paintings with vivid, bright colors took Lassen about six months to create in 1994.

Las Vegas police said Monday they hope alerting the public will prevent the thief from selling the paintings on the black market.

"It's not something he can put on eBay or go down to the local art gallery and try to sell," Detective Jon Morris said.

KNWVIKING
10-02-2003, 05:35 PM
Give 'em back Scoop.