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Renoir stolen from auction house
Renoir's Tete de Fillette
Renoir's Tete de Fillette was due to go under the hammer on Thursday
A painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir has been stolen from a Paris auction house shortly before it was due to be sold.

The painting, called Tete de Fillette (Young Girl's Head), is estimated to be worth 200,000 euros (138,000).

The Tajan auction house reported it missing on Tuesday, but were not sure when it was taken, police said. There were no signs of a break-in.

The oil-on-canvas painting, which belonged to a lawyer, was due to go under the hammer on Thursday.

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